Athlete of the Week Archive

Feb. 5, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


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Carter Downing


How do you prepare for a match?
"I have a routine or ritual type deal that I go through every time. I wrestle with Coach Johnson a little bit and try to get a sweat going before I step on the mat. I get up and start moving four matches before mine and slowly increase the pace until right before my match. Then I back off and relax for about three minutes right before I step on the mat."

What is your favorite takedown move?
"Double legs definitely. It's my go to shot when I am on my feet."

What is your favorite move to pin somebody?
"Boy, I don't really pin too many guys but I do have a few this year and they all have been with the half nelson."

What got you into the sport of wrestling?
"My brother, who is a couple of years older than me, and my dad both wrestled and got me into it. I don't really remember starting I just feel like I have done it for as long as I can remember."

You lead the team in every statistical category... How would you describe your role as a leader on this team?
"I just try to keep everyone positive. It is tough getting up for every match, which is probably the biggest thing for us to help each other with. I watch everyone and make sure they are ready to go when they step on the mat."

What are your goals for the rest of the season?
"I just want to keep getting better and better with every match. My main goals are to win conference, get into nationals and become an All-American."

After your matches you seem to disappear from the gym, what is your post match routine?
"I go cool down after every match by working out for about five to ten minutes. I usually just get on a bike."

What is your favorite moment as a Cowboy wrestler?
"My greatest moment is probably winning conference last year and having two teammates (Dan Clum and Dusty Hoffschneider) win it as well. Getting to go to nationals last year is also a great memory."

What do you eat after weigh-ins?
"I usually just eat a bagel, a granola bar and drink some Gatorade. I can't really eat a lot since we only weigh in an hour before the match."

What CD are you listening to in your car right now?
"Colby Yates."

Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie?
"Jennifer Aniston"

Who is the biggest clown on the team?
"Coach Johnson. We all have a lot of fun but he is probably the biggest clown."

What car would you most like to test drive?
"A Dodge Viper."

If you could be a roadie for one band, who would you choose?
"Chris LeDoux."