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Dickinson State Athlete of the Week - Taner Stone

Taner Stone, a sophomore on the Dickinson State wrestling team, used three pins to earn third in the 157-pound weight bracket at the Tyler Plummer Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Wienbergen Gym.

Dickinson State sophomore Taner Stone works to gain control of Northern State wrestler Tanner Wiese during a 157-pound semifinal match at the Tyler Plummer Open on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Wienbergen Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State sophomore Taner Stone works to gain control of Northern State wrestler Tanner Wiese during a 157-pound semifinal match at the Tyler Plummer Open on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Wienbergen Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

Taner Stone, a sophomore on the Dickinson State wrestling team, used three pins to earn third in the 157-pound weight bracket at the Tyler Plummer Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Wienbergen Gym.

In his quarterfinal, Stone won with a fall in 55 seconds. After losing in the semifinal by an 11-10 decision, he came back to win the consolation semifinal by pinning his opponent in a minute and 31 seconds. Stone took third place with another fall, this one coming in just 45 seconds.

DP: Where are you from and why did you choose DSU?

TS: "I'm from Choteau, Montana. Dickinson State, I chose it because Coach is really good, Justin Schlecht, I really like him. I like his personality, his style of wrestling. I think Dickinson was just a good fit for me."

DP: How long have you been wrestling and what do you most enjoy about it?

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TS: "I've been wrestling for about 12, 11 years. I just really like it because it's you, yourself and you don't have to depend on anybody else to do something for you. It's what you want to do and what you put in is what you get out of it."

DP: All three of your wins on Saturday were by way of fall. Why do you think you were so successful?

TS: "I really prepared myself with workouts, mentally preparing, whatever it was, I just really prepared myself. I did take a loss, which really hurt, but I did learn from it."

DP: Do you participate in anything else on campus?

TS: "I go to FCA alot, Fellowship for Christian Athletes, I'm in that."

DP: Do you have any team goals for this year?

TS: "Team goals, I think we should take more than ... five to nationals. And I know as friends and family, I don't think we could get any closer, so I don't have anything for that."

DP: Do you have any individual goals?

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TS: "I need to make it to nationals myself because I didn't last year. And just to succeed at nationals."

DP: Do you have a sports idol?

TS: "Ray Lewis. Ray Lewis is my sports idol. He's a bada**."

DP: Where is the best place to eat in town?

TS: "The best place to eat in town would probably be, um, I don't know that's a hard one actually. I like Sanford's. I think that's the best place, just because I'm a greasy burger kind of guy."

DP: If you had to lose two of your senses what would they be?

TS: "Two senses I would lose would be taste and feeling, or touch."

DP: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

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TS: "My superpower would be, to have all the powers. I don't know."

DP: Country versus Hip-hop?

TS: "Hip-hop."

DP: Coke or Pepsi?

TS: "Pepsi."

DP: What is the best show or movie you watched recently?

TS: "Bumblebee. The new Bumblebee movie. Or Aquaman, it's kind of a tie. I don't know."

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