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: Drew Foster
School: Northern Iowa
Class (for 2017-18): Redshirt Junior
During his redshirt year in 2014-15, Foster was a promising 165, but he debuted in the Panther lineup at 174 a year later, then made the move up to 184 for the back half of the season. Size was an issue, but with Taylor Lujan coming aboard last year, Foster needed to stay up for the team. Not only did the man from Burlington, Iowa hold the spot, he thrived posting a 26-6 record and finishing second at the MAC Championships to earn his first trip to the NCAA tournament. Wrestling from the 12 seed, he upset fifth-seeded Zach Zavatsky (Virginia Tech), edged the 10-seed, Michael Macchiavello (NC State) to earn All-American honors, only losing to the 4th and sixth-seeded wrestlers. Foster ended his season on a high note, taking down ninth-seeded Nathan Jackson (Indiana) to finish seventh. As he continues working to add size, Drew will look to climb even higher to cap his Junior campaign this season.
What are you working on this off-season?
Finishes, different kinds of shots, different setups. Getting more in shape. A lot of top work, too, because I want to open matches up and score more points. Trying to get my weight up as well, I was a little undersized this year.
What was the most interesting class you took this year?
I can’t tell you the name of the class, but we got to go into a 1st-grade classroom and, it was learning the arts, so you had music, art, and theater. You had to implement that in a lesson plan and you’ve got some crazy little kids who are really excited when you implement that into a lesson.
What was your favorite match this season?
The Dechow match, the first time we wrestled, just because in my head I hyped that up a lot. I was really excited because this was my moment, my breaking out moment, so it was big for me.
If you could wrestle one person, living or dead, who would it be?
It would be cool to wrestle Cael Sanderson.
If you could change one rule in college wrestling what would it be?
I’m not a huge fan of the head gear rule and having to be clean shaven. At the Senior-level, they don’t have to do that.
If you weren’t a wrestler, is there another sport or competitive activity you’d have pursued?
I would have done football. I really enjoy it. It was my favorite sport growing up and it might still be.
When the season ended, what is the one food you had to eat?
I could eat anything the whole time, but we stopped at a BBQ place in St. Louis and it was great. That was awesome.
What is your major and what would you like to do with it when you graduate?
I’m an Elementary Ed and Mid-level Education major. I want to get into the classroom as soon as I can and work my way up, become a principal and maybe someday be a superintendent.