Throughout the off-season, we’re going to be getting to know returning NCAA Division I wrestlers from around the country. We sent questionnaires to every program in the country and will be sharing the results throughout the long trek to next fall. You can find them all whenever you like under the Getting to Know tag.
Name: Cam Sykora
School: North Dakota State University
Class (for 2017-18): Redshirt Sophomore
After a redshirt year at South Dakota State, Sykora transferred to North Dakota State and went right to work. He compiled a 26-8 record that included a third-place finish at the Big 12 tournament and a trip to the NCAA Championships. The five-time Minnesota state champion started 2017 with an 11 match win streak and returns next season looking to become an All-American.
Rate your 2016-17 season on a scale of 1-10?
6-7 could have gone better in a lot of different ways but overall I feel I had a pretty good season.
What are you working on this off-season?
I plan on focusing on a few areas I need to improve in all summer, and hopefully that will get me on the podium next year.
Do you plan to wrestle freestyle or Greco in the off-season?
I have not decided yet.
What was the most interesting class you took this year?
CSCI 116 because I got to learn a lot about computer science and about things I had no idea you could do on a computer.
What was your favorite match this season?
Wyoming or SDSU, because the crowds were so big and loud, those are fun environments to compete in.
If you could wrestle one person, living or dead, who would it be?
John Smith because he is the best the US has ever had.
If you could change one rule in college wrestling what would it be?
The out of bounds rules because they’re so hard to make calls on.
If you weren’t a wrestler, is there another sport or competitive activity you’d have pursued?
Most likely baseball because I played it throughout my life.
When the season ended, what is the one food you had to eat?
What is your major and what would you like to do with it when you graduate?
General Agriculture. I plan on using my degree to go back to take over the family farm.