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Published February 10, 2013, 11:21 PM

He's a Bison Wrestler that's well-rounded on and off the mat

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- For one senior on the Bison wrestling team, this final home meet is another highlight in what has been an incredible journey.

By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- For one senior on the Bison wrestling team, this final home meet is another highlight in what has been an incredible journey.

Trent Sprenkle came from Billings, Montana to Fargo to pursue his passion

for wrestling and get a degree, but he's leaving NDSU with a whole lot more.

Trent Sprenkle wrestles with a purpose.

Trent: "I don't necessarily go into a match trying to win, I just really want to beat the kid up. I don't want to keep it close at all. I just want to pound it in their head that there's no way they're going to score on me."

The formula has worked, Sprenkle's next win will be his 100th career victory, a feat accomplished by only 7 others in NDSU history. He's also made back-to-back trips to the National tournament, but both years he's been one win shy of all-America honors.

Trent: "Back then the expectation was just to get there. It didn't necessarily mean I was going to do very well there. But, now if I'm not an all-american, I will be really disappointed."

Roger Kish: "Does he have the ability to be a national champ, absolutely. He can beat any one of those guys in the country at his weight. You have to have a great tournament. You have to wrestle the five best matches you've ever wrestled and you have to do it back to back to back."

The high expectations for Trent on the mat pale in comparison to his responsibilities off it.


The high expectations for Trent don't end when he leaves the mat,

in fact they're just beginning.

"Go Daddy Go!"

Trent: "I have two daughters Paige is 3 years old and Raimee is one."

It doesn't take long to find Trent's wife Danielle, and the Sprenkle fan club at the Bison Sports Arena.

Yes, they get rowdy. And are well informed.

There's the purple guy, there's the green guy, that's daddy.

But, like any young family, there's plenty of challenges.

Trent: "Just the morning...haha. I'm not a morning person and with wrestling we get up really early and sometimes the kids keep you up."

Danielle: "He has to be at practice by 5:30. So, I get up with the girls and he's not usually home until 6:30 at night."

As if piling up the pins and changing out the diapers isn't enough. He's also challenging himself in the classroom. He's majoring in bio-chemistry, adding another thing to wrestle with in his already hectic schedule.

Trent: "The reason I chose bio-chemistry is because I like it. Some people might say it's really hard, but it's not hard for me. Other things would be way more difficult for me."

Do you feel like a normal college student?

Trent: "No, I mean sometimes I do. When I'm in class I do."

Danielle: "I honestly don't know how he does it, he keeps a positive attitude and he's always just trying to do his best at everything."

Trent: I wouldn't be doing any of this if I didn't like it. I do things because I enjoy them."

Even though it does get tough sometimes, it's what I enjoy and I love my family.

Trent is expecting to graduate next December, he plans to help with the Bison wrestling team next season, while applying for Grad School.