Post-Crescent sports reporter Ricardo Arguello goes one-on-one with Menasha senior wrestler Bailey Whipple:
Q: You’ve had another strong wrestling season. What’s it going to take for you to make a return trip to the state tournament this weekend (at sectionals)?
A: I am going to need to bust it during practice so I am prepared for the tough competition coming up.
Q: What’s that state tournament experience like for people who aren’t familiar with the craziness at the Kohl Center? Do you like the chaos?
A: It truly is a one-of-a-kind experience that I will never forget. I wish I could put it all in words, but I just can’t. It has to be one of the best, yet most nerve-wrecking feelings in the world knowing that tons of people are there watching you.
Q: You were also a standout football player. What was it like winning the WIAA Division 2 state title and how much did winning the championship mean for your community?
A: It was amazing knowing that all of our hard work throughout the entire year had paid off. I think it means a lot to the community of Menasha. For so long we have been known as “Metrasha” and winning the state title gave the community an added sense of pride and confidence that may not have been there before.
Q: What’s a bigger rush: Getting a big pin or having a big tackle?
A: I would have to say getting a big pin is more exhilarating by a thin margin.
Q: Congratulations! You just won a four-person VIP vacation package to anywhere in the world! Where are you going and whom are you taking with you?
A: Woohoo! I would go to Florida with my mom, my brother Jaden, and my girlfriend Dakota. While there, we would visit with my aunt who lives down there, and enjoy the beach.
Q: It’s favorites time! What’s your favorite TV show?
A: My favorite TV show would have to be either “Gotham” or “Sleepy Hollow.”
Q: Favorite movie?
A: Any of the Transformers movies for sure.
Q: Favorite aspect of Menasha High School?
A: I like the fact that we have open campus lunch, which means we can leave for lunch and get whatever we want to eat.
Q: Favorite Hollywood dream date?
A: I don’t really have one.
Q: Favorite meal prepared by mom?
A: I love the cheesy potatoes she makes.
Q: Favorite vacation spot?
A: My family’s cabin near Two Harbors, Minnesota. It is basically in the middle of nowhere, so it is nice to get away from the city for a while and go fishing.
Q: Favorite childhood toy?
A: I used to really enjoy playing with Rescue Heroes.
Q: Favorite video game and video game system?
A: My favorite video game is definitely “Pokemon,” but my favorite system would have to be the Xbox 360.
Q: Favorite book?
A: “Sea of Monsters” by Rick Riordan.
Q: Woah! You just won $200 million in the PowerBall! What are the first three things you’re buying with the money?
A: First, I would go out and buy a new car for myself, then I would buy myself a few new pairs of shoes. The third thing I would buy would be some new clothes.
Q: What’s the next step for you? Will you be competing in athletics at the next level?
A: The next step for me is going on to college to obtain a major in chemical engineering. As of now, I do not intend on competing in athletics at the college level.
—Ricardo Arguello: 920-993-1000, ext. 558, or email@example.com; on Twitter @PCRicardo
A CLOSER LOOK
Weight class: 160 pounds.
Nickname: B-Whip or Bail.
Family: Parents, Russ and Tanya; Stepmother, Amanda; Brother, Jaden; Sisters, Lacie and Brittnee; Stepbrother, Logan; Stepsister, Brianna.
Favorite restaurant: John Hardy’s BBQ.
Favorite pro athlete: Ray Lewis.
Favorite school subject: Chemistry.
Career aspiration: To become a chemical engineer.