By John Dodge

CHICAGO (CBS) — Rome, as they say, wasn’t built in a day.

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And neither was champion wrestler Sammy Brooks’ mullet.

Sports fans learned this during a hilarious interview after Brooks won the Big Ten wrestling title over the weekend. Fans also discovered that key to making a champion isn’t hard work and dedication.

It’s a good haircut.

“These fans just respond really well to a good haircut, so that’s what I was working on coming in here, making sure I had it fluffed and feathered the right way,” Brooks told the Big Ten Network. “I think the fans saw my hard work.”

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The interviewer then tried to get Brooks to talk about his consistency and trust in himself.

Like a seasoned politician, Brooks wasn’t thrown off message and stuck to his talking points.

“I gain trust every time my hair grows a little more, and a little more I trust in myself and my mullet, so it’s a process, you know,”a completely straight-faced Brooks said. “You can’t grow a great mullet in a day. You can’t win a Big Ten title in a day.”

Brooks, who grew up in west suburban Oak Park, wrestles in the 184-pound division for perennial wrestling powerhouse, the University of Iowa.

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All hail, the mullet!