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Triple Threat Athlete of the Week: Zachary Gunderson, McFarland

03/18/2021, 11:00am CDT
By Mark Miller

Name: Zachary Gunderson

School: McFarland

Grade: Senior
Football Honors:
 Two-time first-team all-league selection as a defensive lineman in the Rock Valley Conference ... Three-year varsity letter winner for the Spartans ... Helped coach Paul Ackley's squad to a 6-4 record in the 2019 season and will play as in the Fall Alternate season in 2021. 

Wrestling Honors: Four-year letter winner for McFarland ... Earned first-team all-league honors once and second-team all-conference recognition twice during prep career ... Leadership and Character All-American award winner ... WIAA State Wrestling individual qualifier ... Three-time team captain for the Spartans.

Track & Field Honors: One-time varsity letter winner for McFarland heading into senior season. 

Favorite Sport : "Wrestling is my favorite sport because only you and your opponent are out on that mat, and only one person to point to at when you lose, and it is yourself."

Best Part of High School Sports: "The camaraderie and memories you gain hanging out out with teammates."

Best Advice from a High School Coach: "Be present in the moment. Take it all in and do your thing to 100 percent."

Most Memorable Moment in High School Sports: "The first snow practice in football during the spring season this year."

Best Part of Playing Three Sports: "You get to meet great people and get to hang out with a lot of different coaches who teach you many life skills."

Toughest Part of Playing Three Sports: "The time commitment and, in the beginning, learning to manage time and still find time to relax."

Favorite Opponent: Stoughton in wretsling

Favorite Professional Team: Green Bay Packers

Favorite Professional Athlete: Kyle Dake

Favorite College Team: Wisconsin

Cumulative GPA: 3.9
Toughest Individual You’ve Competed Against:
Luke Mechler

Most Admired High School Teammates: Aric Anderson

Biggest Challenges of COVID-19: "Not being guaranteed another game makes you worry, but also appreciate every game you get to play."

College Plans: "Attend UW-Madison and study computer hardware engineering."

Activities Outside of Sports: Helping out in camps and other things for football, volunteering opportunities.

I Find it Relaxing to: "Work on motorcycles."

Biggest Challenge of COVID-19: "Having a shortened season in football and not having contact in wrestling practice."

Favorite TV Show: Rick and Morty

Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump

Favorite Musical Artists: Green Day

Favorite Subject: Math, Science

Favorite Restaurant: Angelo's

Favorite Website: Facebook marketplace

Other Family Members: Kate, sister; Calvin, brother; Monica, stepmom; Tom, father; Veronica, mother; Greg, mom's fiance. 

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