Sometimes little sister knows best.
A sibling’s advice led Taylor Mansfield home to Decorah, where he has joined the Luther College wrestling team. Mansfield has played football at Iowa State, where he played in 11 games last season and started two at defensive end.
Mansfield had plenty of athletic options coming out of high school. He won state titles in wrestling and the shot put during his senior year, but playing Division I football was a boyhood dream.
Mansfield, who had the highest grade-point average on the Cyclone football team in 2009 and was twice named first-team academic all-Big 12, often thought about showing up at the Iowa State wrestling room and asking if he could step in as a practice partner, but never did.
With this being his last semester of athletic eligibility, Mansfield pondered transferring schools and getting out his headgear for one more run.
“It depended upon the day. Sometimes I would be gung ho about it, and other days I would feel like I’d earned a break,” Mansfield said.
He’d decided on taking a break until his sister, Kate, a member of the women’s rowing team at Wisconsin, told him to reconsider.
“She told me, ‘You know you’ll regret it,’” Mansfield said.
Mansfield took the plunge, and shortly after joining the team found himself wrestling at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls.