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Eric Peterson, Published February 06 2010

Three questions with MSUM junior wrestler Jon Swart

NOTE: Swart, a two-sport athlete, weighed 270 pounds in August to start the Dragons football season and dropped to 197 pounds by early December for wrestling.

Was it difficult to drop that weight in that time frame?

It was a little difficult. You’re so used to trying to keep your body big for football. You come into wrestling and I really didn’t have the heavyweight frame (5-foot-10), a lot of the heavyweights are a little bit taller. It was rough competing there. … I thought I could be a lot more competitive and help the team out if I dropped the weight down to 197.

How did you have to change your eating habits to do this?

You definitely change your eating habits quite a bit. You don’t eat out anymore. You eat all home meals and try to eat lean proteins and a lot more fruits and vegetables than chips and snacks.

What was the toughest food you had to give up in the last couple months?

I love pizza and I think like any college student when you’re looking for a quick meal or something, it’s easy to pick up the phone and order pizza. You definitely have to give that up once you decide you’re going to drop down a weight class.