KYLE RATHMAN: Pleasure From Puzzles is Puzzling to This 149-pound Regional Champ

Kyle Rathman wrestling an opponent
Named the team MVP in 2019-20, Kyle Rathman is ranked second in NCAA Division II in the 149 pound weight class.
Kyle Rathman


Kyle Rathman, a senior exercise science major from Apple Valley, Minn., is a two-time All-American ranked second in NCAA Division II going into the Super Region V Wrestling tournament Saturday, Feb. 27. Sitting at 9-0 for the season, Wrestling at 149, Rathman secured the regional title with a 7-0 victory over St. Cloud State’s Garret Aldrich in the final round.

  • What three words best describe you? Chill, confident and aggressive
  • What tops your list of pet peeves? Messy for no reason, slow drivers
  • If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? Tiger, top of the food chain in the jungle, aggressive and successful
  • Who is your all-time favorite sports star? Joe Mauer
  • What is your most prized possession? Phone
  • What three items can always be found in your refrigerator? Ranch, grapes and some sort of meat, turkey or ham
  • If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? Workout and hang with friends
  • What skill would you like to master? Golf
  • What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you? Coming to Mankato and being a great fit
  • What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of? Puzzles
  • If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have? Coaching, like helping the youth, helping them grow
  • Who inspires you to be better? Parents
  • What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? Cut weight, the mental adversity would help people
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be? To fly
  • If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?  Save a lot and buy a house and a sick car
  • If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? Tom Brady latest Super Bowl
  • What do you like most about Minnesota State University, Mankato? The vibe and size, not too big or small. A lot of people in a good path to their futures.
  • If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring with you? Silverware, lighter and some sort of shelter
  • If you had to eat at a fast-food restaurant for the rest of your life, what would it be? Raising Cane’s
  • Who do you think would win in a fight? Silverback Gorilla or grizzly bear? Grizzly bear
  • Who is your celebrity crush? Selena Gomez
  • What fictional character would you like to meet? Mickey Mouse
  • What are you most proud of? Winning regional tourney for wrestling
  • What memory instantly makes you smile? Going to Jamaica with family
  • If you had the option to know the date and circumstance of your death, would you? Yes
  • What is one thing you want to accomplish or experience in your life? Financial freedom
  • What is one thing that should be taught in school but isn’t? How to sell
  • What was your favorite activity as a child? Playing with Legos
  • How long do you think you would last in a zombie apocalypse? A couple weeks to a couple months


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