A love affair with wrestling: Farmington’s Venz excels at the highest levels

Wrestling has been a significant part of Taylor Venz’s life since he was a young kid, starting when he was first exposed to the sport early on in life. Since then, Venz’s love for wrestling has only increased year by year and led him to where he is today—a standout athlete on the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers’ wrestling team. This past season, Venz was named an All-American, qualified for the NCAA Championships where he took fourth at 184 pounds and was named the Huskers’ Most Valuable Wrestler.

“I started when I was in kindergarten and I loved it,” he said. “Ever since it’s been my favorite sport. I played other sports but wrestling was my favorite and by the time I got to high school it was the only sport I played.”

Today, athletes face intense pressure to specialize in one sport in order to improve and potentially earn a collegiate scholarship, while at the same time being told that they have to play multiple sports. For Venz, who dabbled in different sports up until high school, it was all about his love for wrestling.

“In middle school I did track, but I would have to miss it for freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, so I chose wrestling over the other sports if they were at the same time,” he said. “It was an easy choice, too. I know other sports are good for you, but for me I would rather wrestle than do anything else so it was an easy choice for me.” Continue reading at www.farmingtonindependent.com

The Guillotine – January 12, 2018

The January 12, 2018 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Featured content in this issue includes: Things I Find Interesting - Growing Media Coverage and New Referees, The Road to Success Runs Right Through Town - Delano Wrestling, Every Point Counts - Bemidji Wrestling, High School Pound-For-Pound Class Rankings, and One-on-One with Taylor Venz.

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One-on-One with Taylor Venz

Taylor Venz has made an immediate impact in Nebraska’s lineup. He has compiled a 14-3 record and is ranked in the top 10 at 184 pounds. Venz placed third at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, with his only loss in the tournament coming to 2016 NCAA champion Myles Martin of Ohio State.

InterMat recently caught up with Venz. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com