Kobe Briand: Winnisquam Male Athlete of the Season

  • Winnisquam's Kobe Briand looks for a cue from his coach as he holds spars Newport's Curtis Vogler in the 145 pound weight class during the NHIAA D-III championship at Campbell High School in Litchfield on Saturday, February 20, 2016. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor) Alan L. MacRae

Published: 4/20/2018 10:46:41 PM

What was the biggest challenge you or your team faced this season and how did you overcome it?

I think the biggest challenge every team has is staying healthy and staying mentally strong. Wrestling is not for everyone, and by the end of a long season some people check out and just want the season to be over. Everyday you have different emotions walking into the wrestling room, but you have to be willing to still work hard and to push yourself even if you don’t want to because there is always someone working harder than you. At the Hollis Brookline tournament I had gotten a bone bruise on my foot and had to wear a boot. I was out for a week to let it heal, and decided to wear the boot the whole season so I could continue wrestling without missing a large portion of the season. Mentally, I overcame the bone bruise knowing that my opponents were still working hard while I was out. This really pushed me during practice and while I was competing because I knew I had to work even harder because I wasn’t 100 percent.

Who was the unsung hero of your team?

I think Derrick Tremblay was the unsung hero of our team. Being a first-year wrestler as a senior can be very hard for some people because you don’t know what to expect. You have to condition your body to wrestle for six minutes and you have to learn the moves you will use on the mat. Derrick never gave up on the mat even when he was tired. He was always fighting and trying things in positions he’s never been in before. He did a lot of things that surprised the whole team.

If you could improve high school wrestling in New Hampshire, what would you do?

I think if I could improve high school wrestling in New Hampshire I think I would get more people to join. Some teams are really low on numbers and it’s no fun going into a dual meat knowing that even if your team wins every match they wrestle, your still going to lose as a team. I think going into a dual meet with two teams that have a full lineup is a lot better because you never know what will happen until everyone wrestles. I think the things that you go through as a team either good or bad really create excitement during a dual meet.

Do you have any sports superstitions? If so, what are they?

I don’t think its really much of a superstition, but I do like to cut weight early in the morning. I think going into the cardio room all alone and running on the treadmill or riding the bike really gets me ready for what the day has in store for me. When you’re all alone you have that time to think about anything you want, and while I am cutting I take that time to really get focused and mentally prepared.

What are some of the unwritten rules of your sport?

I don’t really know any unwritten rules in wrestling, but for a coach, I know that they are always telling there wrestlers to keep wrestling until the whistle is blown and don’t touch your headgear. Sometimes there can be more than one mat wrestling at a time and whistles are always being blown. Sometimes wrestlers think the whistle was on their mat and stop wrestling, while they could get another take down before the period ends. When coaches tell there wrestlers don’t touch their headgear, there is a reason. When your opponent shoots on you, you try to stop there shot, but you need your hands to help you. If your hands are not in front of you and they’re fixing your headgear so you can see, it makes it easier for your opponent to take you down.

Who on your team, coaches included, reminds you of a character in a TV show or movie?

I don’t think anyone on the team reminds me of a character in a TV show or movie.

If life were a video game, what would some of the cheat codes be?

I think some of the cheat codes would be typing in random numbers in your phone and hitting the call button after.

What is something that is really popular now, but in five years everyone will look back on and be embarrassed by?

I know musicals are kind of popular with some people but I find them to be kind of cringe-y. The process of how they are made and what they look like afterwards make me cringe and laugh. Some people really enjoy them and think they are cool to make, but I think in five years they will look back on them and some people will be embarrassed by them.

Where do you get your news?

I don’t really watch the news, but if I were to get my news about wrestling I would probably have to get it from FLO Wrestling.

What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?

I think the best purchases I have ever made is buying a new phone with my own money because it is so much better than my old one. I think the worst purchase I have ever made is probably buying food when I am hungry. When you’re hungry, everything sounds good to eat. So when your buying stuff to eat it sounds good at the time, but later I just think back and say it wasn’t worth it because I only used it once and I’ll never get it back unless I buy more.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?

Octopuses have three hearts inside them.

What’s invisible but you wish people could see?

I wish we could see peoples emotions because you never know how someone is really feeling.

If you could go to school in a foreign country, which country would you pick and why?

If I could go to school in a foreign country I would probably go to Australia because there are so many cool things to do there.

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?

I think cats would be the rudest just because they always seem to have an attitude. Sometimes they like being touched and they can change their mood in a second if they don’t like it.

What questions would you like to ask a time traveler from 200 years in the future?

I would probably ask what’s it like in the future just because I want to know what it will be like.

If you were hired to show tourists what life is really like where you live, what would you show them / have them do?

I think I would show them some of the lakes around here and the Arch.

What is the craziest thing one of your teachers has done?

I can’t remember a time when a teacher has done something crazy. I know the lip syncs that they do during Winter Carnival are pretty funny and fun to watch.

What’s the best thing about being a teen? What’s the worst?

I think the best thing about being a teen is that you don’t have to pay a lot of bills and can do a lot of fun things with your friends. The worst would probably be not being able to do something or get something you want because your parents say no.

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