LUKE BEAN Kapaun wrestling
Bean, a senior, wrestles at 220 pounds and has been dominant, winning every match by pin or technical fall. Bean, who is 16-0 and moved to Wichita early in his junior year, also is a standout football player, earning All-City League honors as a defensive tackle.
Coach Tim Dryden has said you wrestle like a 145-pounder. What does he mean?
"I've always been a smaller kid, and when I started out in Oklahoma, I never really cut weight, so as a 171-pounder, I'd wrestle a kid at 190. He was cutting weight, and they're bigger and stronger. I'd use quickness to overcome that.
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"You get a lot of kids at 220 that wrestle bigger kids, so I like to get out there and set a faster pace in the match and move all over the place. I like to go out there and make it a faster-paced match, something they're not used to.... It's a big change in speed, it's like the 160 (pounds) to 152 (pounds) kind of pace."
Since you wrestle at a higher weight, do you find that the crowd is more sparse by that point in a dual?
"People tend to think, with the bigger guys, that it's a boring match. By the time I'm wrestling before heavyweight, half the crowd is gone.... A lot of people get there and they watch the lower weights, and by the time it's been two hours, they've left."
How is the crowd different from football to wrestling?
"It's different at the football field. You hear the crowd, but they're farther off, so it takes more people to make it an impact for the crowd. But a wrestling crowd, you get them riled up — they're right on top of you."
What do you do outside sports?
"I'm an outdoors guy. I like to go hunting and fishing. Me and my brother (Blake), he's on break (from college), so we go hunting as much as we can. Hunting is one of the biggest things I like to do in the winter. In the springtime, I like to go fishing."
What's a talent you have that maybe others don't know about?
"I'm a very talented two-stepper. I go to a lot of rodeos in the summer. They always have a concert and dance after, so I do it there. My parents showed me when I was in middle school."