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Dickinson State Athlete of the Week - Payson Dirk

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Dickinson State junior wrestler Payson Dirk led the Blue Hawks at their season-opening meet at the Cusatis Open in Hastings, Neb. The 197-pound wrestler won his first two matches by way of fall, and advanced to the final match after bypassing the semifinal due to a medical forfeit. He lost by a narrow 2-0 decision to Northern Colorado's Jamarcus Grant.

DP: Why did you choose DSU?

PD: "I chose DSU because of the wrestling program background and just everything is about hard work. It's a great school and the exercise science program here is really good."

DP: Where are you from?

PD: "I'm from Sturgis, South Dakota originally."

DP: What's your major?

PD: "Exercise science."

DP: How long have you been wrestling for and what's your favorite part about it?

PD: "I've been wrestling since I was probably nine or 10 and my favorite part about it is what it instills in someone's mind, like the hard work and the drive that it takes. Everything that it takes to be successful pretty much."

DP: What are some team goals you guys have this year?

PD: "Team goals are to just improve. We're really, really young so I think our goal is to see how far we can climb and see how good we can get and start building the future."

DP: Any personal goals?

PD: "I want to be an All-American."

DP: If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

PD: "Probably knowledge. I like to learn a lot."

DP: If you could only eat one food the rest of your life what would you choose?

PD: "Prime rib."

DP: What's on your playlist?

PD: "I'm a country guy, not the new country, I don't like that very much, but 90's and early 2000's country."

DP: Who's your biggest inspiration to succeed?

PD: "Here it's probably Coach Schlect because of everything he's accomplished. We're from the same hometown so he's someone that was always talked about in my hometown."