NATHAN TAUSCH – Poway HS (SD)
The junior from Poway High School is having a great season for the Titans so far this season. To date, he has captured individual titles at the John Bright Memorial, Las Vegas Holiday Classic, and more recently at the Cerritos TOC. Tausch earned a trip to the CIF State Championships last season after being the CIF San Diego Section runner-up at the Masters Meet. Currently, Tausch is ranked No. 12 in the state in the 182-pound weight class.
TCW – How old were you when you started wrestling and who introduced you to the sport?
Nathan – I started wrestling when I was in the 6th grade. I began in middle school but didn’t take it seriously until 8th grade. My brother, Andrew, introduced me to the sport.
TCW – What makes wrestling different from other high school sports?
Nathan – I think wrestling is so much different than other high school sports because of the time and work it takes to succeed. In season or out of season, we have practice and a PE class to try and improve our skills. Others sports don’t put nearly as much time in as we do.
TCW – Is wrestling more of a mental sport or physical sport?
Nathan – Wrestling is more a mental sport to me, but it doesn’t hurt to be physical.
TCW – What motivates and inspires you to keep getting back on the mat?
Nathan – What keeps me motivated to keep coming back for more is probably my teammates. It can be hard sometimes to drag yourself to practice and really focus. Having a few good buddies to keep things fun goes a long way.
TCW – What’s your most memorable moment so far this season?
Nathan – My most memorable moment of this season so far is going to The Ironman Tournament in Ohio. It was probably the most fun I’ve had at a wrestling meet and it had great competition. It also was a wake-up call for us to see what we need to work on.
TCW – How intense are the wrestling practices at Poway High?
Nathan – The practices as Poway High School are very technical some days and very difficult other days.
TCW – What are the best methods for cutting weight?
Nathan – I don’t cut weight. I walk around at about 3lbs over the weight I compete in.
TCW – How does it feel to be coached by one of the best coaches in the state and the country in Wayne Branstetter?
Nathan – Having Wayne Branstetter as my head coach is a huge honor. He is always helping us out with anything we need and pushes us to be not only the best wrestlers we can be, but the best people we can be.
TCW – Do you think California is heading in the right direction and in what areas could we improve to start climbing that ladder of success?
Nathan – California is doing a great job in improving its wrestling. We have a very tough state tournament in season and tons of Freestyle/Greco tournaments out of season. A teammate of mine and I wrestled on the California Cadet Duals Team and California took home 8th in Freestyle.
TCW – What is your favorite T.V. show and movie?
Nathan – My favorite TV Show now is Dexter and my favorite movie is Forrest Gump.
TCW – What is your favorite food to eat in the off-season?
Nathan – Since I don’t have to worry about my weight, I eat whatever I want during the season. But my favorite food is Sushi or Wings.
TCW – Who are those people that you would like to thank for your success?
Nathan -Some people I would credit my success to are my coaches and my training partners. I’m with them almost every day improving and sharpening my wrestling skills. I’d also like to thank my parents for supporting me and letting me compete. Lastly, I’d like to thank my brother, Andrew, for introducing me to wrestling and pushing me.