He could have played basketball or maybe taken up hockey but it was pretty much decided at an early age that Le Sueur-Henderson senior Brett Pfarr was going to be a wrestler.
His dad, David, was a high school wrestler in Le Sueur; his older brother Matt was a state champion wrestler at LSH; heck, even his younger brother Chris is a ranked wrestler in the Giants starting lineup.
For Brett Pfarr, it wasn’t a difficult decision.
“In my family there’s really only one choice — you wrestle,” Brett said.
The choice has proven to be an advantageous one for both the team and for Brett himself. Over the course of five-plus seasons, Pfarr has delivered 167 career victories for the LSH team. He is eight away from the school record of 175, which is held by his brother Matt.
His wrestling prowess paid big dividends last fall when he was recruited by the University of Minnesota. He accepted a scholarship from the Gophers in November and will become his family’s first Division I wrestler.
“It was one of those things where I felt I had to do it,” Pfarr said of his early-signing. “I thought about Division II or III, but I didn’t want to look back one day and wonder if I could have wrestled at the highest level.
“It’s a great program with great facilities and J-Robb (John Robinson) is a great coach. Why not try and wrestle with the best.”
LSH head coach Scott Wilson said there was a little bit more to it than that.
“Since about the time Brett could walk he’s wanted to wrestle for the Gophers,” Wilson said. “I’m sure he was polite and listened to all the other offers but, in my mind, once Minnesota started recruiting him it was a done deal.”
Pfarr is 19-1 this season and ranked third in the state at 170 pounds. His only loss was to Sibley East’s Nathan Rose when Pfarr jumped up to 195 pounds to take on Class A’s third-ranked wrestler.
“I’m very fortunate that my coaches have allowed me to wrestle against the best competition I can find,” Pfarr said. “Nathan Rose is a good wrestler and, when I saw I had a chance to wrestle him, I went for it.”
“I did the same thing this weekend against (Tyler Jakes) from Mankato West. I saw Jakes win his weight class at the Rumble on the Red in Fargo so I wanted to wrestle him if I got the opportunity.”
That opportunity arose at the LSH triangular Saturday where the two met in a first-round match at 182 pounds and Pfarr delivered a 17-8 major decision.
As for the school record, Brett is intent on breaking it — even if it does belong to his brother. Older brother Matt is currently a Division III All-American at St. John’s University.
“Matt has been great about helping me out and giving me tips and I owe him a lot,” Brett said. “But I’d still like the record. It would be good for bragging rights around the dinner table.”