Athlete of the Week Archive

Nov. 18, 2009


Alfonso Hernandez

How do you balance having a family, school work and wrestling?
"I devote myself to each one at a time. When I'm with my family nothing else matters. All my attention is to them. Steph maintains most of it. She's like the family glue. I know I have to do well in school for my family so later down the road I can provide for them. I also do not want to let the wrestling team down by getting bad grades. Finally, when I get into the wrestling room I leave everything out and focus on wrestling. They all connect to one another so it is that much easier to balance."

Do wrestlers ever talk trash to each other during a match?
"No, not usually because the opponent is always trying to catch their breath while the UW wrestler is taking it to them."

Tell us about your hometown of Blackfoot, Idaho?
"It's a small town of about 12,000 people. It's a tight knit community where the whole town supports one another. Amazing fans for all athletic events. Also it's The Potato Capital of the World!"

Who is the best volleyball player on the Cowboy wrestling team?
"Coach Branch and Coach Shufelt think they are, but in all reality, besides me, I would have to say it is the permed-haired wonder Brock Smith."

What are the rules/name of the game your team plays in the wrestling room before practice (tape goals on the mat, VB)?
"It's handball, wrestling style. We have taped goals on the opposite ends of the room. We can only take three steps and must pass to a teammate. If the ball touches the mat or if a player takes more steps then allowed the other team gets possesion. The goal is to throw the ball into the wall within the taped boundaries. It's a great warm up."

How do you hope to use a college degree in kinesiology and health promotion after you graduate from UW?
"I plan on going to graduate school after UW for physical therapy. Then I can get started on helping others."

Do you ever wish you had been able to redshirt last year or are you glad you were able to contribute right away?
"I'm glad that I was able to wrestle right away. I've learned a lot. I think getting that varsity experience better equipped me for the future than if I had redshirted."

Who is the toughest guy you've ever matched up against?
"I've wrestled a lot of tough opponents but there isn't one that particulary stands out."

If you could add one thing to collegiate wrestling to make it more entertaining, what would it be?
"I'd have everyone wrestle everyone at once and last man standing wins."

What is your favorite lift in the weight room? Least favorite?
"I'd have to say squat is my favorite and sumo squat is my least favorite."

Do you ever listen to the things that fans are yelling while you wrestle?
"No, I just tune in to the match and listen for coach."

What is your definition of "Fonz-Style"?
"Ha, Fonz-Style. It's wrestling for a purpose. It's an attempt to wrestle an ideal match in my favor. Fonz-Style is tough to reach because fulfillment is difficult to achieve. I've been only managing to reach fragments of it, but I'm always working toward it. It's a bit puzzling but once achieved it will make sense to all and it will come. HaHa."

What did you do this last summer?
"I stayed in Laramie and worked on getting myself to new levels in wrestling. It really has helped and I'm a whole new wrestler this year than last year. I recommend all my teammates to do the same so we can all reach our goals in the near future."

Do you have a Facebook page? Twitter?
"I do have a Facebook page but I only get on it like twice a week. It's nice staying in touch with friends. As for Twitter, I really don't know what it is but no, I don't tweet."

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
"I'm a night owl for sure. That's when I catch up on all my leisure activities."

What is your favorite holiday?
"Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of all the food I get to eat. Plus my birthday is also very close and sometimes on Thanksgiving."