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Regional Ready with Daggett and Walker

March 7, 2008
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Be sure to catch the final wrestler question and answer session today with Chris Daggett (right) and Patrick Walker (left), as we countdown to Sunday's NCAA East Regional Championship hosted by Liberty.

Be sure to catch the final wrestler question and answer session today with Chris Daggett (right) and Patrick Walker (left), as we countdown to Sunday's NCAA East Regional Championship hosted by Liberty.

As Liberty University prepares to host its first-ever NCAA Championship event this Sunday in the Vines Center, LibertyFlames.com will be continuing a series throughout the week where wrestling fans can get to know better their starting 10 grapplers.

The Flames enter the NCAA East Regional Championship as the event's defending champion, taking the team title during the program's first year back on the wrestling mats. Liberty had four wrestlers win their weight classes during last year's event (Christian Smith at 125 pounds, Tim Harner at 141 pounds, Chad Porter at 165 pounds and Patrick Walker at heavyweight), with the quartet advancing to the national championship.

Liberty's wrestlers, along with grapplers from Delaware State, Duquesne, Gardner-Webb, Millersville and Wagner, will be looking to claim victory in their individual weight classes and punch their tickets to the NCAA National Championship, in St. Louis, Mo.

During today's interview, LibertyFlames.com will be featuring a question-and-answer session with Chris Daggett (184 pounds) and Patrick Walker (285 pounds).

1. What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
CD - Philippians 1:20, because I do hope Christ always exalted in me.
PW - John 14:12, because it reminds me that I am able to do everything Jesus did, because He has given believers the authority to do the works He did.

2. What is your favorite movie and why?
CD – Stardust, because it is really magical.
PW – Gladiator, because it shows honor, determination and courage.

3. What is your favorite memory while competing in your sport?
CD – Winning a state championship and being named an All-American.
PW – Having my family supporting me.

4. What is your most embarrassing memory while competing in your sport?
CD – A defensive pin.

5. I came to Liberty because … ?
CD – Because of the wrestling program.
PW - It was where the Lord led me.

6. Share something that people don't know about you?
CD - My mom is my hero.

7. What has been your defining moment as an athlete?
CD – Winning a state championship and being named an All-American.
PW – Every time I win a match when I don't expect to, because of God's divine strength.

8. My first car was …
CD – A Subaru station wagon.
PW – A 1995 Chevy Blazer.

9. If you could be somebody else for a day, who would you be and why?
CD – Superman, so I could fly around and do stuff.
PW - John G. Lake, because he was one of the greatest Christian healers of all time.

10. Who is your favorite Liberty athlete?
CD - Frankie Gayeski (wrestling)
PW - Jonathan Lombardo (wrestling)

11. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
CD - Jesus is Lord.
PW - Put God first and always do your best.

12. If you could change one rule in your sport, what would it be and why?
CD - Unlimited injury timeout.
PW - You can lock your hands whenever you want.

13. After graduation I would like to …
CD – Go to graduate school.
PW - Become a pastor of a church I start in Delaware.

14. When I have an hour of free time, I like to …
CD – Sleep.
PW - Read about healing or watch a movie, and spend time with my wife.

15. Words that describe me on the athletic field (and why) are …
CD - Quick, but a head case.
PW – Humble and shy, with low expectations of myself.

16. If you could compete in any sport against any athlete, who would it be and why?
CD – Head coach Jesse Castro in ping-pong and pool. I love beating him.
PW - I would wrestle Jacob from the Bible.

17. My craziest ambition in life is to …
CD - To be the Red Power Ranger.
PW - See all the miracles Jesus performed be done under my ministry.

18. Do you have any pre-match rituals?
CD – No.
PW - I humble myself before the Lord, pray to Him and really delight myself in His presence.

19. Who is one person in history that you would like to meet and why?
CD - Jesus, because He is perfect.
PW - John G. Lake, Smith Wigglesworth and Jesus.

20. A place I've always wanted to visit, but never had the chance is (and why)?
CD - Israel, to see the Holy Land.
PW – Israel, to see the lands described in the Bible.

21. What are four or five things you could not live without?
CD - Food, Bible, cell phone and my family.
PW - God, the Holy Spirit, air, food and water.

22. Who is your favorite athlete on your team to watch compete (and why)?
CD - Josh Pelletier, because he is so exciting.

23. What sets wrestling apart as a sport and makes it appealing?
CD – One-on-one, level of intensity and cutting weight.
PW - The endurance it requires and the challenge it offers.

24. If I won a million dollars, I would …
CD - Save it until I graduate.
PW - Make investments for the Lord's kingdom and share with the poor and needy.

25. What cartoon character are you most alike (and why)?
CD – Goofy, because of his funny personality.
PW – Hulk, because that is what others have said because of my size.

26. If someone would look at the songs on my iPod, I would be embarrassed for them to see I have this song …
CD – "Jump" by Criss-Cross.

27. The first thing people notice about me when they meet me is …
CD - I have really soft hands.
PW - My size.

28. The last book I read and enjoyed was (and why) …
CD - "For Men Only," as it is helping me understand relationships.
PW – "Collection of Teachings" by John G. Lake.

Previous Sessions of Regional Ready
With Sean Katz and Christian Smith (March 3)
With Tim Harner and Shaun Smith (March 4)
With Julian Colon and Chad Porter (March 5)
With Aaron Kelley and Nick Knowles (March 6)