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20 QUESTIONS WITH... Les Sigman

Les Sigman is one of the best big men in the United States. A member of the 2010 U.S. World Team in freestyle wrestling at 120 kg/264.5 lbs., Sigman placed second at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 2012.

Sigman has dropped down to 96 kg/211.5 lbs. this season. He placed third in the Heydar Aliyev Golden Grand Prix in Azerbaijan and took second in the Dmitry Korkin International in Russia this past fall in his new weight class.

Sigman, a four-time NCAA Division II champion for Nebraska- Omaha, is ranked No. 2 in the U.S. at 96 kilos. Sigman, 31, who trains with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club in

State College, Pa., took time out of his busy schedule to talk recently with USA Wrestler: 1. Favorite movie? Cinderella Man

2. Favorite TV show? Seinfeld

3. What kind of music do you listen to in your iPod before you compete?

I don’t listen to music before matches. 4. Favorite food when not watching your weight? I enjoy cooking and might open up a BBQ place some day: “Big Sig’s BBQ.” Smoked ribs are my favorite. 5. Favorite sport other than wrestling? Golf is definitely my favorite, but it is tough when you have the touch of a blacksmith.

6. Favorite athlete to watch in another sport? Brian Urlacher of the Chicago Bears. He plays so hard and is a great leader by example. 7. Favorite wrestler and why? John Smith. Best in the World six years in a row. 8. Best piece of advice you've received? “Don’t force it. Get a bigger hammer.” Grandfather Don


9. What kind of advice would you give a younger wrestler who is just taking up the sport? Have fun, but put forth your best effort in every practice and competition. That’s all that can be asked of you, win or lose. 10. Best moment as a wrestler so far? In college, at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. We won three NCAA Division II team titles and I won four individual titles. That was very special. 11. Name three people you would love to invite to dinner? Three great men that influenced my life, and molded me into who I am today. My father, and my two grandfathers. 12. What is one thing you are afraid of? Snakes

13. How did you become involved in wrestling? My father was a state champion and got me started at a young age.

14. What led to your decision to drop down to 96 kg? I felt that if I was going to continue wrestling I needed to drop down in order for me to stay healthy. I was a little undersized for 120 kg. It isn’t too bad getting down to 96 kg. I really like the new weight class, and I feel I am adjusting to it. 15. What did you learn from your experience at the 2010 World Championships?

It was a valuable experience, but not a lot of good memories. Les Sigman won the 2010 U.S. Open. Larry Slater photo.

It’s hard when you don’t perform to what you think you are capable of. I learned what it takes for me to be ready and how to peak at the right time, which is very important at this level. 16. Any idea what you will do when your competitive career is over? Hopefully Big Sig’s BBQ will go worldwide. 17. What do you do to pass the time during a long road


I usually call my friends and family and catch up with them, and it helps to pass the time.

18. Coolest place you've traveled to and why? I wrestled in a tournament in Rome a few years ago. It was really nice there, especially after spending the week before that in Turkey.

19. What does the future hold for you in wrestling? I am just taking it one year at a time. I still love competing and I am wrestling the best I ever have. 20. Funniest guy on the team and why? J.D. Bergman. He has some good voice impersonations that are very funny.

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