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T.J. Brandt

December 18, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

Name: T.J. Brandt

School: Altoona

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Wrestling

Athlete of the week achievement: Brandt captured the 145-pound title at the Sheetz Holiday Classic with his 100th-career victory. He was named Outstanding Wrestler. Brandt also picked up a pin in Tuesday's dual meet against Mifflin County.

Season update: Brandt is 6-0 on the season for the Mountain Lions.

Coach Joel Gilbert's quote: "T.J. had an outstanding performance this weekend. He was very aggressive and was physical in all positions."

Favorite teacher: Miss Bender

Favorite subject: Anthropology

Favorite movie: "Step Brothers"

Favorite food: Anything sweet

Favorite song: Anything by Big Sean

Outside interests: Hunting and hanging out with my friends

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Iowa

Pro athlete most admired: Mike Tyson

Best athlete I ever played with: Chance Marstellar

Best athlete I ever competed against: Ohio State's Nick Roberts, North Star alum

Most influential person on my athletic career: My coaches, Jody Strittmatter and Joel Gilbert

Proudest athletic achievement: Becoming a two-time All-American

How I got my start in wrestling: I wasn't very good at any other sport.

Future goal: To become an officer at West Point

I am looking for: