He’s been to the nationals

Photo’s courtesy of Max Tempel.
Tempel celebrating a win and hanging out at a corn maze!

If you have lived in Babcock Hall over the last two years, or spent time in the gym, or really anywhere on campus you have probably had the pleasure of meeting senior Max Tempel.

You can hear him saying things like, “Get get,” or, “Speeda,” wherever he is.

Tempel is a captain of the wrestling team, but is also heavily involved all over campus. He is a Senior Community Advisor, a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member, vice president of academics for the Student Government Association and the web editor for the Castleton Spartan.

He recently sat down to discuss the upcoming wrestling season and life in general.

Q. What is your pre-match meal of choice?

A. Before a match after weigh-ins I’m coming off a weight cut, so I wanna put some good things into my body. So, I generally go with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with banana, and then a bottle of Gatorade and a bottle of water.

Q.Why is Spider-Man your favorite superhero?

A. Spider-Man is probably my favorite because he’s so relatable to a normal person. He’s a superhero on one side, but on the other side he’s just this kid who’s going through so many daily life struggles that superheroes aren’t really supposed to go through.

Q. Where did, “Speeda” originate from?

A. Alright, so me and my friend were sitting there one day and my friend was just saying, “Banana, banana,” and then I just said, “Speeda, speeda,” and then it just came up out of nowhere. Now it’s like this whole thing you know, I got the Speeda Gang and I make some joke music about it and it’s a lot of fun.

Q. How have you been preparing for the wrestling season?

A. I’ve been preparing quite a bit. Whether it’s training in the offseason, I go to my club, I’m always in the wrestling room at Castleton just trying to work on my game and get better in all the areas of my wrestling that kept me off the national podium last year. The biggest thing’s probably my mindset though. Trying to have a strong mind and have the self-belief that I’m the best guy in the country.

Q. You are a very motivational individual, what is your favorite motivational quote?

A. It would have to be, “Get get.” That’s my new thing. You wanna “get get” but you don’t wanna “get got.” Basically, “Get get” means you’re getting after it every day, you’re doing all the right things and you’re overcoming all the odds.

Q. How did your podcast, “Speeda Fast Talks” start and when is it coming back?

A. My buddy Mitchell LaFlam and I were talking one day and he was like, “What if we did a podcast?” We wanted to do something that’s different and kind of like just doing random things. You never know what you’re gonna get. We took a break for a while, but we are hoping to get back into it at the end of this month.

Q. What is your typical morning routine?

A. Usually I’m getting up pretty early and I’m going to work out. Then I like to kinda relax a bit, get some good food into me, have a nice cup of coffee and read a book. I’m currently reading, “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins.

Q. If there was one thing you could do differently in your life what would it be?

A. It would have been that I went to Castleton right off the bat. I like to think that everything happens for a reason and I’m really happy with where I’m at. But I love this school so much that I kind of wish I came right away.

Q. Walk me through a day where you have a match?

A. We’re getting up early, going to weigh-ins. Once we step on that scale and make our weight, we’ll get our food and our fluids into us and then start warming up. Then I just get ready, I get my music on, I’ll do sprints to get my lungs moving and then I just focus in and I really tell myself like, “You’re Max Tempel, you’re the man, you’ve worked hard, now let’s show everybody that hard work.” Usually after a match we’re all going to get a nice meal and eat some good food.

Q. What is your favorite Halloween candy and why?

A. Easily Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. But they gotta be frozen. They gotta be put in a freezer or a refrigerator at minimum. It’s gotta be Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups definitely. I can eat so many of those and I love peanut butter. I just think Reese’s is the dominant Halloween candy and the most dominant candy in the world.

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