Meet the Athlete: Garrett and Dakota Wangsness

Published 10:12 am Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dakota and Garrett Wangsness stand in front of the Albert Lea tiger statue at the high school. The brothers have been a force in the lightweight classes for the Tigers’ wrestling team. The duo has already combined for more than 20 falls this season. --Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

Q: What year in school are you?

A: The Wangsness twins are seniors.

Q: What school do you attend?

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A: Albert Lea High School.


Q: Who is your immediate family?

A: Our mother Sherry, 37; father, Jay 38; step-mother Kelly, 35; sister Hannah, 15; step-sister Alexa, 11; step-brother Aydan, 7; and half-brother Bentley, 1.

Q: How did you get started in your sport?

A: We’ve been wrestling since first grade in the youth wrestling club.

Q: What other extracurricular activities are you involved in?

A: We don’t play any other school sports, but we go deer and duck hunting, Dakota said.

Q: Did your parents play sports when they were younger?

A: No, but our sister, Hannah, is a starter on the Albert Lea dance team.

Q: What are your sports-related achievements?

A: Dakota: All-Conference and All-State the last two years. Garrett has been All-Conference the past three years and All-State last season.

Q: What are your sports-related goals?

A: Dakota: I want to place individually at state and also qualify as a team. Garrett: Going to state and getting to the finals would be great.

Q: Who is your favorite professional athlete? Why?

A: Dakota: Olympic freestyle wrestling champ Jordan Burroughs. I like his style. Garrett: Adrian Peterson, because he’s a stud.

Q: What is your favorite subject?

A: Dakota: Math. Garrett: English.

Q: Who is your favorite teacher?

A: Dakota: Larry Goodnature. Garrett: Neal Skaar.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: We like hangin’ out with friends, lifting and wrestling, Dakota said. Garrett agreed.

Q: What is your dream job?

A: Dakota and Garett both said they’d like a job in the area of business management.

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: Dakota: “Ted.”

Q: What is your favorite TV show?

A: Garrett: “Duck Dynasty.”

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Dakota: spaghetti. Garrett: steak.

Q: What is an interesting fact about you?

A: Dakota: I have a twin, and our whole team motivates each other. Garrett: We get along really well, and I have 14 pins this season.