Favorite Sports Stories of 2013Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Tonight's look back at 2013, takes us to the wrestling mat, where NDSU's Trent Sprenkle juggled a busy lifestyle last winter while in pursuit of becoming the first division one all-American in Bison history. Trent Sprenkle wrestles with a purpose.
By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Tonight's look back at 2013, takes us to the wrestling mat, where NDSU's Trent Sprenkle juggled a busy lifestyle last winter while in pursuit of becoming the first division one all-American in Bison history.
Trent Sprenkle wrestles with a purpose.
Trent Sprenkle/NDSU Sr. 125 lbs. Wrestler: “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 seven 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/NDSU Head Coach: “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.
Paige: “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.
Paige: “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 Sprenkle/Trent’s Wife: “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.”
Sprenkle placed fifth at the NCAA's, becoming the first D-1 all-American for NDSU.
This winter, he's moved to the coaching staff as the team's video coordinator.