COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Chaska native Andy Bisek floats like a butterfly and would like to be a bee...keeper.
"My grandpa did it. They had a farm, a family farm,” says Bisek. “I just find it interesting because the whole thing helps support the farm, the bees, you're going to have a better crop if your plants and being pollinated. You're just finding uses for everything."
An aspiring bee keeper may not have been the profession you'd expect to hear from this wrestler. But Bisek is happy to be different. Look no further than his trademark bushy mustache.
“I have had the mustache for a while,” Bisek smiles. “When I would first grow it out and then shave it, it felt like - I don't know - I was performing better. After having it a few times, I felt like it fit me so I was fine with it and it became part of me."
The stache seems to be working. Bisek was the top-ranked wrestler at 165 pounds and won his class earlier this month at the Olympic Trials. Now he's headed to his first Olympic games in Rio.
“I have a lot of confidence, we are really excited. There's only a few guys left in the world that I haven't beat,” says Bisek. “Going into Rio, I definitely feel comfortable with my abilities and I'm confident in the coaching staff and myself to be at my top potential."
While it's Bisek's first time at the Olympics games, this trip is a long time in the making. He started wrestling at age 5. Now, with a young son of his own, he looks forward to passing on his love of the sport.
“He's got a set of singlets and a set of throwing dummies. When I got home last night from a hard day of training, he's right away is like, 'daddy wrestle' and it's like okay lets go.”
Bisek works hard to balance his training and his family. At 29, he knows his career won’t last forever. He's entertaining the idea that this is his last year of competitive wrestling, but admits walking away from the mats could be harder than he knows.
“I am not 100 percent either way,” Bisek says. “It'll be something I'll have to think about afterwards and it will be a tough decision either way.”
A decision he can't be pinned down on, until what he hopes will be a final pin for the gold, in Rio.