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: Isaac Bast
School: Kent State
Class (for 2017-18): Redshirt Junior
The difference between the schedule faced by back-ups or redshirts and that of a starter in Division I can be incredibly large. Bast experienced that first hand after posting a 42-24 record over his first two years without earning a spot in the lineup. This past year, Bast became the man at 165 for the Golden Flashes, only to suffer a 10-match losing streak from late November through mid-February. That kind of skid, during which he clashed with strong opposition, could have crushed Bast, but instead, he responded with his best win of the year, knocking off Seldon Wright (Old Dominion), before he went 3-2 at the MAC tournament, finishing fifth. That resilience suggests we’ll see an even better version of Bast in 2017-18.
Rate your 2016-17 season on a scale of 1-10?
What are you working on this off-season?
I need to get better on the mat and finishing/defending takedowns.
Do you plan to wrestle freestyle or Greco in the off-season?
I plan on wrestling freestyle.
What was the most interesting class you took this year?
The most interesting class I took this year would be Earth Materials II.
What was your favorite match this season?
When I wrestled Sheldon Wright from ODU.
If you could wrestle one person, living or dead, who would it be?
I would want to wrestle Brent Metcalf.
If you could change one rule in college wrestling what would it be?
I would like to see the returning a man out of bounds, pick neutral, no one point escape rule they used at the All-Star match when Ian Miller wrestled James Green to be used.
If you weren’t a wrestler, is there another sport or competitive activity you’d have pursued?
I really enjoy fishing and I also like MMA.
When the season ended, what is the one food you had to eat?
I had a pizza when the season ended.
What is your major and what would you like to do with it when you graduate?
My major is Earth Science. When I graduate I would like to continue to compete, but if I can’t I would like to be a coach or use my major and study hydrology.