Road to Rio starts at Northern Michigan for Andy Bisek

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Andy Bisek found Greco Roman Wrestling at Northern Michigan University.

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WOOD) – While Andy Bisek was a decent high school wrestler in Minnesota, he wasn’t on anyone’s Olympic radar until he made the move to Northern Michigan University and Greco Roman wrestling.

Now he’s a favorite for medaling in Rio.

Bisek has been part of the U.S. Greco Roman wrestling team for the past 12 years- first at Northern Michigan University’s Olympic training site and later in Colorado Springs.

“My time at Northern Michigan, I treasure that time,” Bisek said.

It was there he learned if he was ever going to make an Olympic team.

“Some of the guys in the room, they’re making national teams – top three in the U.S. or the world teams. And when they go to the Olympics, we’ve got guys that are taking home medals. Yeah, in the room I’m losing to them, but I know that I’m making gains and catching up. They’re the best in the world – if I beat them, I know I’m one of the best in the world,” said Bisek.

Bisek has taken the bronze medal at the last two world championships and recently locked up his spot on the U.S. Olympic team for Rio, with a decisive win at the Olympic trials.

Bisek said it’s the third time he’s qualified to wrestle at the senior level, but the first time to possibly climb atop the podium for an Olympic medal.

“It would mean the world to me… to finally achieve what you’ve been working years and years to do, it would be incredible,” he added.

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