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7 Minutes on the mat with Hudson Taylor

htaylorComing off a 38-8 season and an NCAA 3rd place finish, Maryland’s Hudson Taylor looks for the National Title in his Senior Year. Hudson is our next wrestler to go to the mat for 7-minutes with TOM.

TOM: To date what is your most memorable match and why?

HT: My most memorable match had to be my third place match at nationals two years ago. This particular match sticks out to me not because I wrestled particularly well, but because I never stopped wrestling and as a result came away with a win. In the match I was down 4-1 going into the third period. Despite being behind, I was able to keep my focus on the present, not worry about what had happened before and I think it was because of that, that I was able to make the adjustments needed to win.

TOM: What are your long term goals in wrestling?

HudsonTaylorHT: Going into my senior season I am at present entirely focused on winning a national title. Beyond that, I hope to continue developing and promoting the sport, and maybe even continue competing at the international level.

TOM: MMA good or bad for wrestling and why?

HT: I think MMA is a great thing for the sport of wrestling. As a wrestler who has spent almost my entire life on the mat, I feel it is important that wrestlers have a viable option for making a living after their eligibility is finished. While I would prefer there to be a more wrestling focused option, I think it’s great that we at least now have an option.

TOM: What advice would you give to an up and coming wrestler?

HT: My advice to an up and coming wrestler would be ‘take every day as a learning experience.’ Everyone starts somewhere, and it’s only when you stop being willing to learn and try new things that you stop progressing. So I would advise young wrestlers to focus on the small stuff, be creative on the mat, and always work to see the positive in every situation. I think if you do that, success will eventually follow.

TOM: As a recruit what were the main things you considered why picking a school?

HT: The recruiting process is always a stressful one for a wrestler. I know I was no exception. For me, it was about finding the program that had the right balance for me. In other words, I wanted a school where I felt I could excel as both an athlete and a person. I felt it was really important for me to keep in mind that wrestling was going to be with me for the next four years and that after I was finished competing I was going to have to find a job. So when I looked at schools, I was looking for programs where I felt I could receive a great education and become a national champion, and Maryland was just that place for me.

TOM: What person has had the biggest impact on your wrestling career and why?

HT: I have been fortunate enough to have the best coaches throughout my career that any wrestler could ask for. While their coaching and mentoring got me to where I am today, I feel that if it wasn’t for my father I wouldn’t be the wrestler or the person I am today. Growing up, it was my dad that brought me to the best wrestling clubs in the area and drove for endless hours to get me the best competition. Not only did he afford me the opportunities to continue improving, but he also instilled a positive outlook on the sport in me. Too often do I see parents putting excessive amounts of pressure on their children to perform well. I feel that my dad was my biggest impact because no matter what happened on the mat, I knew it was good enough, which allowed me to enjoy the sport and continue improving year after year.

TOM: List three things fans may not know about you but should?

HT: Three things fans may not know about me but should… where to begin?

For starters, I am obsessed with magic. No not the card game. I have been relentlessly teaching myself card tricks and techniques pretty much since high school. In fact, I am so in love with magic that this year I have joined S.A.M. which is the Society of American Magicians.

Secondly, I created my own major. My major is officially titled Interactive Performance Art. To give you more of an idea, my major seeks to create art in which the audience becomes part of creative process. I felt that things like art and theater didn’t make enough of a connection with the audience, so I formed a major that aspired to break down the barrier between artist and audience in attempt to make my art more powerful and meaningful to the audience.

Lastly, I am very outspoken about equality. I believe that people should have the maximum amount of rights so long as it doesn’t infringe on other people’s rights. As a result, I am passionate about gay rights, feminist issues, or really any other issue pertaining to civil rights.

No, I’m not your typical wrestler.

By The Open Mat Staff