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On Tap with ... Ryan Cash


The wrestling team is set to open its season this Sunday at the Binghamton Open in New York, and junior Ryan Cash will be back for his third year wrestling for the Tigers in the 125-pound classification. The Daily Princetonian sat down with Cash to talk about tattoos, bowling and cauliflower ear.


Q: Where are you from, and what is it like there?

A: I’m from Aurora, Ohio. Aurora is like Princeton with a lot of snow. It’s essentially Suburbia, U.S.A.

Q: When did you start wrestling?

A: When I was a young whippersnapper at eight years of age.

Q: Did you play any other sports growing up?


A: Yeah, I played a lot of baseball.

Q: Why did you stick with wrestling instead of baseball?

A: Because people started hitting the ball really hard and throwing really fast, and I got scared of the ball.

Q: If you could play any other sport professionally, what would you play?

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A: I would definitely play golf. Golf is chillin': You walk around the course all day, you hang out and then you get to go to the club house and relax afterwards. You make a ton of money, and you can play until you’re really old.

Q: A lot of your teammates have tattoos. Do you have one?

A: I don’t, but I’ve always kind of thought about getting a tattoo on my right butt cheek.

Q: What would you get?

A: I’m not sure. Maybe Chief Wahoo, logo of the Cleveland Indians, our beloved mascot, or ... yeah, no, Chief Wahoo.

Q: What are your favorite and least favorite things about being an athlete at Princeton?

A: My favorite thing is the huge crowds of support we get to come to all of our matches and the multitudes of ladies too. My least favorite part is probably the frigid 15-minute walk down to Jadwin. At least once a day, sometimes twice, sometimes very early.

Q: What’s your major?

A: I am in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Q: What do you want to be when you’re older?

A: I think I want to be an astronaut to follow in the footsteps of my beloved AST 205 teacher Gaspar Bakos.

Q: If you were trapped on an island and you could only bring three things with you, what would you bring?

A: Keira Knightley —lover of Jack Sparrow —the one and only Black Pearl and Emily Ratajkowski.

Q: Who is your quirkiest teammate?

A: Our quirkiest teammate - well, our quirkiest former teammate is [former assistant head coach] Andy Lausier, now head coach of SHU wrestling (Sacred Heart University wrestling). He’s quirky for his unorthodox style of coaching, including, but not limited to, the practice on the patio and the SHU wrestling fan of the week drawing, in which he draws names from a used wrestling shoe.

Q: What’s the most embarrassing song on your iPod?

A: I would say the most embarrassing song on my Zune is "Photograph" by Nickelback. Every time I hear it it makes me laugh.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not wrestling?

A: My favorite thing to do when I’m not wrestling is head over to Colonial Lanes, in North Brunswick, New Jersey, and bowl 10, possibly 20 frames depending on the team, as a team, with their five-man fishbowls.

Q: Are you good at bowling?

A: I mean, I don’t want to brag, but they call me “Twinkletoes.” I don’t know if that makes me good or bad, but you can just ask my teammates, I guess.

Q: What’s your favorite movie?

A: My favorite movie is probably "The Expendables 2," starring Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone.

Q: Did you compete in an event during this year’s annual hockey-wrestling competition?

A: I did the tire flips. It was a team effort, but I think they chose me due to my massive thighs and my explosive nature, and I think it really paid off for us.

Q: If your team had to compete in a triathlon, who do you think would win?

A: I would say [senior] Garrett “Oliver Bennett” Frye due to his high bone density and large upper back. He’s well-suited for the water, unlike most members of the team.

Q: Were you ever afraid of getting cauliflower ear?

A: Yes, I was afraid, and then I just wore my headgear and never got it. But I do have very minimal cauliflower ear from a few lapses, but it’s enjoyable to play with, so I feel like I could have just a little bit more. It’s hard, and it makes you look tough.