Fort Dodge, Iowa, sits roughly one hour from Penn State coach Cael Sanderson’s alma mater of Iowa State.
It is also home to recent Nittany Lions signee Brody Teske, who will likely wrestle at 125 pounds in college.
Teske, who has already signed his National Letter of Intent, is a country boy at heart. And it would’ve been easy for him to stay close to home and wrestle for the Cyclones — especially with a sister attending the university and his predilection toward home-cooked meals. But, in the end, he couldn’t turn down Penn State.
He recently discussed his decision and more:
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Q: For those fans who might be unfamiliar with Brody Teske, what would you say you bring to the table as far as being a wrestler?
A: I’m just going to bring some toughness from the Iowa style. I’m never going to give up. I’m just always going to continue to move forward. Hopefully, the guys around me feed off of that. I think they will, and that’s why I choose Penn State. The guys on the team are going to help me as I’ll help them. It is just the different qualities of life that are being brought in. There are guys from all over coming in. We will all put our two cents in and we’ll get a dollar out of it.
Q: Why did you choose Penn State?
A: I unofficially visited all of my top-5 schools. I took a visit out to Penn State after cadet trials and really liked the atmosphere. I didn’t even get to see any of the guys or get a vibe from them. I really liked it. I stayed in contact. I visited a few other places and then lined up an official. I took my official to Penn State first, and I just really loved it. Obviously, it’s the best program out there right now. I want to be a part of that. A great and rich tradition, and I want to get myself into (it). There are leaders that are leading the college level and the world. My aspirations of world championships are alive if I attend Penn State, and that was a huge part for me. The guys being in the room is unreal.
Q: If you had to have a dream wrestling match, who would it be against and why?
A: I want to wrestle (Jason) Nolf just to get a feeling for him, so I can understand his movement and where he is coming from with the stuff that he hits. It is pretty cool.
Q: To have your name with the likes of Gavin Teadale, Roman Bravo-Young and others to join Penn State, what’s it mean to be part of such a historic class?
A: I guess I haven’t really thought about it. It is an honor to be able to continue on. To be able to stay healthy and put my body through a test and as much as I have, I’m blessed with the opportunity to come in with such a great class. It’s going to be cool and a fun ride. I’m really excited and looking forward to the dream.
Q: Tell me a little bit about Fort Dodge, is it anything like State College or just a little country town where everybody knows each other?
A: It’s big enough that everyone doesn’t know each other but, to a point, everybody does. It’s a little town, where we are well-known for wrestling. It’s pretty small. It’s pretty similar to State College.
Q: How is it going to feel being hundreds of miles away from home?
A: Yeah, there has been a lot of talk about it. I’m really looking forward to it. I have a task at hand, and that’s to become the best person to wrestle as possible. To do it, I need to be at Penn State. I don’t think getting homesick will be too big of a deal, but it will definitely hit. I’ll stay focused and motivated. My family will support me with whatever I want to do. They will be out to visit quite a bit.