Meet Kelly Kubec

Feb. 11, 2010

Sophomore Kelly Kubec had a successful high school career in which he won three state championships. As a redshirt freshman he earned second place in the Pac-10 Championships for the 2008-2009 season. Despite his success with wrestling, Kelly will continually push himself in order to reach his goal of becoming a National Champion.

How long have you been wrestling for?

'I started when I was four, and started competitively around middle school. I have an older brother who is three years older than me, and he did it one year. He's my older brother and obviously I look up to him and wanted to do the same thing.'

What has made you want to stick with it for so long?

'I've been successful, that helps. I have fun doing it. I like the physical contact of it, and also the one-on-one aspect. I do pretty well because you only have to worry about yourself.'

What would you consider to be the hardest thing about wrestling?

'Wrestling for Jim Zalesky. Going through Jim Zalesky's practices is probably the most difficult thing. He knows how to push us. The guy obviously worked extremely hard when he was competing and through his collegiate career, so he knows how to get the best results, which is through a lot of hard work.'

What would say is your biggest achievement in wrestling so far?

'I would say earning a scholarship to come to Oregon State. My competitive goals I haven't reached so far, in terms of what I want to accomplish. I want to be a national champ. I'm always looking forward, so it's hard to judge my performance in wrestling so far because I haven't accomplished the ultimate goal. The scholarship, making college affordable to my parents, is a big part of it and a big step to getting to reach my goal of being a national champ. The first step is getting into the school where you can compete and then accomplish your goals.'

What are you thinking right before you step on the mat?

'That it's only seven minutes. I don't have two halves, I don't have four quarters, I have seven minutes. I just try to tell myself to go as hard as I can for the seven minutes that I'm out there and hopefully good results will come. It's all a mind game, telling yourself what the body wants to hear.'

Do you hope to continue with wrestling after college?

'The thought of wrestling after college has crossed my mind. I really don't know at this point. I'd like to pursue my career and try to get into law school. If the opportunity presented itself to compete after college I'd probably take it, especially if I knew I could be competitive. Down the line, I intend to be involved at some level whether that's coaching my kids or helping out at a high school or something along those lines.'

What is your major? What do you plan on doing with it?

'My major is Business Administration and I'm going to minor in history. I'm just focusing on getting good grades. Hopefully I'll study for the LSATs. My dream career would be a politician. I'm pretty political.'

What do you like to do for fun?

'I like to play Frisbee golf. If I can get up to the mountain and snowboard, that's ideal, but it's hard because we're a winter sport. I like hanging out with the guys. We're a really close team.'

What is your favorite movie?

'The Shawshank Redemption. It's a really good plant and Andy Dufresne is a genius, he makes it all come together.'

Do you have any hidden talents?

'I'm not a bad cook. I like cooking fried tacos.'

Describe your perfect day.

'No wrestling practice. I'd want to be on the beach somewhere. I'd like to relax, have no school, no homework. It's not too hard to please me.'

Where do you see yourself in 10-20 years?

'There are a lot of different places I could be. I'll hopefully be in a law firm or in a partnership with someone. I'd maybe be a public defender and help out people who can't afford it. Hopefully I'm on the Hall of Fame at Oregon State and have one of these banners in here [Gill Coliseum].'

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