This is the 13th installment of seven minutes. It's a series of interviews with college wrestling's top stars.
Most of the question-and-answer sessions last roughly seven minutes. Hence the name. Virginia Tech's Jared Haught earned All-America honors for the first time last season when he placed sixth at 197 pounds at the NCAA Championships. He takes an 33-25 career record into his junior season with the Hokies.
Trackwrestling's Andy Hamilton recently caught up with Haught.
I’m kind of going off what (teammate) Ty (Walz) said. If I could change one thing, it’d be (the) shaving (rule). I don’t mind the headgear, but I would definitely like to rock a beard if I could grow one. My brother has a pretty nice beard, so I’d like to follow in his footsteps in that category.
Normally, about an hour before weigh-ins I’m roughly 1.6 pounds over. I’ll warm up with Ty. That probably takes about 30 minutes or so. We get a good warmup. (Mike) Zadick runs us through it. We just drill and get a good cardio (workout) there with a few sprints. Then pre-match, I don’t have any certain things I do. I guess I just get warmed up. I never really listen to music, but when I do, I listen to some country. Pretty simple.
Normally, my go-to (food after weigh-ins) is just a blueberry bagel with lunch meat and cream cheese. It’s kind of weird, but after you’ve cut some weight everything tastes good.
I just say, ‘Let’s go. It’s go time.’ I kind of repeat it to myself so I’m ready when I step out there.
Attack and move your hands and move your feet.
I was probably 12 years old or and I missed weight for a tournament. I had traveled pretty far, so my dad moved me up and I was in the unlimited category. I had to wrestle a really big girl. I was hoping I didn’t lose that match because I would’ve been really embarrassed. I won the match. I may have even pinned her. She was so much bigger than me.
If I could re-wrestle any match, it would be the one with Kyle Snyder here at Tech. I wrestled all right and everything, but I was close and I couldn’t get off bottom. And why? Just because he’s the best right now at his weight in freestyle and it would be really cool to say I beat him.
I’m from West Virginia and when I was a kid, my favorite thing to do when I got home was go out and play with my chickens. They’re my favorite animal and I had a bunch of them. I got into the game breeds, which are like fighting chickens. I thought it was really cool. They’re pretty birds.
It’s kind of weird, but my greatest fear is screwing in a light bulb or unscrewing one. I’m afraid it’s going to blow up in my hand or crack. I hate changing light bulbs and I’m always stuck doing it because I’m taller.
Originally, I was thinking Michael Jordan because I thought it would be cool to wrestle Michael Jordan, but he’s pretty old now. I’m going to stick with basketball and say LeBron James. He’s been winning a lot of titles. I’d like to beat him.