An Interview with Seth Cupp: A Man with Many Wrestling Shoes

Seth Cupp… man, are there words that I can use to describe this kid? I honestly do not think a short description could do Seth justice; so I’ll try to write something brief to explain this guy the best way I know how.

Seth is not the most athletic or physically strong guy that I have coached, but he does work hard and has created a wrestling style that creates fits for his opponents. He does some things during matches that, as a coach, I would never want anyone on our team to replicate… ever. But, he has proven to me over the last few years, that some of the moves and techniques that he practices and uses, do actually work… for him.

Seth is an eccentric kid; he does not care what people think of him and beats to the sound of his own drum, which I truly admire. He’s got a good heart, but he can also be a fierce competitor that we have to calm down a bit in matches so he doesn’t get too fired up.

He collects wrestling shoes and has a vast knowledge for them. I enjoy discussing wrestling shoes with him and seeing what new ones he has mustered up over the years. We never knew which shoes he would be wearing for any given match. The shoes had to match the headgear; so the color of headgear was also a mystery until he walked onto the mat.

Before Districts this year, he had a backpack with a blanket all rigged up like he was going to go camping; so I joked about how we should drop him off about seven miles from the school and let him “live off of the land” and make his way to the tournament on his own. I was joking, of course, but these are the typical types of conversations that revolve around Seth.

I told him he would get an interview and I am happy to present this to everyone. I hope anyone reading enjoys this interview with a kid we will truly miss having on the team!

What have you done in life to make yourself a successful wrestler?

Seth Cupp (SC): I never quit. 7th grade, 8th grade, and freshman years I had very little success. All three of those years I had a below .500 record. My sophomore year, I finally realized that I had some real potential, but my season ended very quickly due to ankle surgery.

Who are some people in your life that you attribute your success to?

SC: My parents because they spent countless hours and money on going to kid’s club tournaments and all of my past and current high school coaches.

Wrestling is a big part of your life; what makes wrestling so special to you?

SC: Wrestling is one of the very few sports where everything is on you. You can’t blame your teammates, coaches, or anyone else for losing. And with every loss I had, it motivated me to work harder in practice. I also like to make my dad proud and since wrestling was a huge part of his life, I know I made him happy when I would go out and wrestle my best.

You finished your career with two state medals… what do those medals mean to you?

SC: My medals are a token of success. When I wake up and see them on my wall every morning, I reflect back and remember all the hard work and dedication it took to get them.

A lot of guys that you wrestled looked much bigger than you, physically; what do you do to equalize their strength and still be successful?

SC: Throughout my many years of wrestling I have developed my own style. I do moves that very few others do. I feel like I’m a very unpredictable wrestler, so not very often can my opponent guess my next move.

You have taken plenty of losses en route to your two state medals… how do you bounce back from losses and stay focused?

SC: Losing is the hardest part of wrestling. If you have never experienced a wrestling loss, let me tell you, it’s awful. When I would lose, I would remind myself that even though I lost I’m still the better wrestler and I would get them back next time.

Is there any advice you’ve received from a coach or coaches that sticks out to you?

SC: I always like to make up my own moves during practice. My coaches always told me that they would never work. Turns out they were right and I should’ve listened to them.

If there was only one song you could listen to for the rest of your life, what song would it be?

SC: Run- George Strait

If you could meet one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you want to say to them?

SC: My great grandpa, Max. I’ve heard so many hilarious stories about him. I would do anything to give him a hardy handshake and say “howdy!”

If there was only one thing you could eat for the rest of your life…what would it be?

SC: Chinese food. I think coach Bradley would agree with me on this.

Lastly, what does the perfect day look like to you?

SC: Waking up and going down to the lake to find that the water is glass. Then going wakeboarding with friends and family. Then rounding up the crew to hang out at Cullen’s house when the sun goes down.



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