Taking his shots at the college bar
Monday, November 14, 2022
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Face2Face with Reid Rector
It was a trivia Wednesday night last July at College Bar on the Strip in Stillwater, Oklahoma, when Reid Rector tried his luck at foosball for the first time. Once the teams have completed the trivial game, the champion is chosen so that a winner wins all foosball matches. The price? The coveted $50 bar tab. And, of course, bragging rights.
Rector was on the five bar, the middle row with five players, when the other teams’ keeper tried to shoot and he pushed it back into his opponent’s goal for the winning shot.
Although this was his first time playing the game competitively, he was no stranger to the sport.
“Growing up, I had a table in my house because my dad played in college, and he always wanted to bring it to the family,” said Rector, a freshman MBA student at Oklahoma State University. Spears School of Business and a former mechanical and aerospace engineer from OSU in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. “It wasn’t until college that I really got involved.”
When playing against his father as a child, Rector’s scores were always worth five points and his father’s were worth one until his experience level slowly increased and his points became less and less. In the end, the father-son duo was on an equal footing.
After his first big win at College Bar, his skills caught the attention of bar owner and former state foosball champion Javi Cervantes, who knew Rector as the bassist for the band Funk N Beers who play the bar every day. Thursday evenings. Cervantes noticed that Rector was using actual technique and not just barbell rotation, so he began coaching him and became his foosball mentor.
“Every time I went, we stayed until closing time,” Rector said. “I would lose a lot, but he would always teach me something new and always teach me something to think about or bring to light something that I couldn’t conceptualize, so that I could improve and hopefully the, bring the score a little closer to the next game.
“I learned a lot about how the table was, how not to shoot it directly against the wall and how to aim for the goal, basically the fundamentals of how to play.”
Eventually, Rector honed his skills to the point where he started competing in national tournaments. He has competed in the Texas State Championship, No Pro National Championship, Tornado Table World Championship, and Halloween Open Foosball Tournament. He placed in three of the four tournaments, winning the 2022 Tornado World Novice and 4000 Limited Doubles Championship at the No Pro National Championship and placing second in the Halloween Open Foosball Tournament in the 5000 Limited Division.
Although Rector has only been involved in competitive foosball for a short time, he has already made a name for himself in the sport. He has been featured on Foosball Radio and the Foosball Sports Network. He went from rookie to rookie and is on his way to becoming an amateur.
“Reid really takes his time for a guy who’s been playing for nine or 10 months,” said Duane Stuart, Rector’s partner for the doubles debutant at Worlds. “He won’t be a rookie for long. At one point, Reid stopped four in a row!
He has had the opportunity to play with and against competitors from all over the world, including England, Russia, Canada, Mexico, Peru and Costa Rica, as well as all skill levels from beginner to master. professional. Rector and his open doubles partner at the Halloween Open, Clay Tumey, were able to defeat top pro players en route to a top 10, which was higher than any other rookie in open doubles.
“It’s almost like a game of chess on a wooden table with plastic men and a ball,” Rector said.
Rector is passionate about growing the sport of foosball at OSU by creating a club and opportunities for students to learn about foosball. He also looks forward to one day hosting his own foosball tournament for OSU students in the Cowboy Underground.
“I learned so much about life from foosball,” Rector said. “It’s crazy to think that a sport with little men and a little plastic ball can teach you so much. I learned a lot about discipline, it takes a lot of time and a lot of focus to be able to do the same thing for five hours just to see maybe a little improvement in one part of your game. I learned a lot on empathy, I learned a lot about listening and understanding others. My God, there are so many great things that I have learned from foosball.
He is a student of life and seeks any opportunity to learn something new, whether in school or through experience.
“Coming from an engineering degree, it was great to learn all the technical aspects of the job,” Rector said. “But I love the opportunity the MBA provides to just learn the soft skills, to learn how to work with people, to learn how to hopefully improve people’s lives through the work I do. .”
When Rector isn’t playing foosball, going to class, or performing at Funk N Beers, he’s also a graduate assistant for the office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs on campus where he works on Greek broadcasts. and advises Follies, Varsity Review and Spring Sing. .
Rector certainly didn’t expect a fun night out with friends at his favorite college bar to become the seed of his newfound talent and amateur foosball career, but that’s how the poles roll.
“The oldest person at the World Championship was 73,” Rector said. “As long as I can keep playing and as long as my schedule allows, I would just like to keep playing, keep working and keep learning and improving.”