Interview with Sophomore Sam Temko, recipient of themat.com’s “Wrestler of the Week”

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Interview with Sophomore Sam Temko, recipient of themat.com’s “Wrestler of the Week”

Sam Temko performing a move in practice. (David Evans)

Sam Temko performing a move in practice. (David Evans)

Sam Temko performing a move in practice. (David Evans)

Sam Temko performing a move in practice. (David Evans)

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MH: Sam, congratulations on your honors from themat.com. Coach Haddon says this team may be the best since 2000. First, talk about your home town. What’s your family’s role in your success?

ST: My hometown is Half Moon Bay, where I was raised until I was 18. But I was born in San Francisco. My family is very supportive, especially my father. I come from a large line of wrestlers in my family.

MH: The name Temko, is that of Russian descent?

ST: No, its Lithuanian.

MH: When did you start wrestling? Where did you get the idea from?

ST: I started wrestling at the age of 14, when some friends said they wanted to try wrestling.

MH: By the way, what is your nickname on the team? ST: Actually, I don’t have a nickname on the team. They tried a few, but none have stuck.

MH: What does it mean to be a leader on this year’s team?

ST: It means a lot to me to be a leader on this squad. I am older than most of the guys on the team, and more experienced in wrestling, with two years from a division one program (Cal Poly).

MH: Do you plan to go pro in wrestling, like join the WWE? I know its fake, but I’m just asking.

ST: I do plan to go pro, but in MMA, not wrestling. I can’t stand fake wrestling. I’ve had three amateur cage fights so far,and would like two more before I go pro.

MH: Lastly, what would you call your career highlight?

ST: Just to have the oppurtunity to wrestle one more collegiate season with coach Haddon, and the Skyline Trojans.

MH: On the academic side, what is your major right now?

ST: My major is currently business, but I’d like to switch it to Kinesiology.

MH: Thank you for your time Sam. By the way, I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and used to do Olympic style sparring. Maybe we can spar some time?

ST: After the season would be great. I’m sure you probably know some crazy kicks.