Apple Valley. Iowa City. Brookings. Now Madison. National champion Seth Gross has made his college decision. In the 2017-2018 season Seth Gross won the NCAA national championship and went undefeated at 133 pounds. The two-time NCAA finalist wrestled just one match this season, a pin over Josiah Kline of Arizona State back in November of 2018. On the evening of January 17th, Gross confirmed he was out for the year. According to Gross he has yet to receive information on if he has received a 6th year, but believes it is probable.
In our interview with Gross he said “If the NCAA grants me the opportunity to wrestle next year I will be competing as a Wisconsin Badger. I’m humbled to have received a lot of offers from great coaches of highly-respected programs but the coaches at Wisconsin are family to me. The opportunity to make another run for a national title with them while earning my masters degree is extremely difficult to turn down.”
Gross entered the transfer portal on March 5th. We asked him why he waited until now to make his decision. “This was a big decision to make. Surprisingly the toughest choice I had to make, was not which school I wanted to attend, but rather if I wanted to go back to college and compete, or get a head start on my international career. I know at some point my days of competing will come to an end, so I made the decision after entering the transfer portal that if I went to grad school it would be a top school for one of my passions outside of wrestling, which is business. I wasn’t going to do an easy grad program for a year just to wrestle and end up not completing it. So, the past two months have been spent studying for my GMAT entrance exam to make sure I earned a competitive score that would admit me into a top business program. With that being said as of May 24th, 2019, I have been accepted into the Wisconsin School of Business and will be working towards a masters degree in Supply Chain Management.”
The last thing we discussed with Seth Gross (The third most dominant wrestler in the country in 2018) was what his goals were if he was granted one final year of eligibility. Gross said “My goals haven’t changed. I want to reclaim my spot on top of the podium and finish what I started. My goal is to be an undefeated national champ and bring a hodge trophy back to Madison. I’ve dealt with adversity before and accepting this challenge is something that I look forward to. I’ve been off the mat for nearly 6 months and have a lot of work to do, but I have full belief in myself, in my coaches and in God that I will come back better than when I left and see each one of my dreams and goals come true.”