The Scranton High School senior finished fifth in the 160-pound weight class at the Class 3A state wrestling championships that concluded Saturday night.
Athletes you admire: I admire a lot of big-time wrestlers. Not professional wrestlers. People like Jordan Burroughs, David Taylor.
Teams you follow: I’m not really into sports team-wise, but I like Penn State wrestling because I went to their camp before and I know a couple of the wrestlers.
Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions? No, other than I pray. I’m religious. That’s how my mom and my dad raised me. It gives me a sense of comfort that I won’t get hurt, I’m going to do my best and I feel like there is nothing really bad that can happen when I pray.
Most famous athlete you’ve met: I’ve met David Taylor (Penn State two-time national champion). I got a picture with him.
Three people you would like to have dinner with. Willy Evanitsky, Conor McGregor because he’s funny, and Jordan Burroughs.
What does this mean to your school with Willy Evanitsky, who was Athlete of the Week earlier this year, winning the state title at 152, and you finishing fifth? It should set the pace for some young athletes who want to win a state medal.
Best lesson you’ve learned through sports. Discipline. For wrestling, you can’t really eat whatever you want. It helped me change my diet. If I want something sugary, I’m just going to have to deal with it and not eat it.
What did you have to eat after the state meet that you’ve been craving? I had one of my mom’s banana cupcakes for breakfast. I didn’t have a full breakfast. I just ate that, and some pizza.
Are your plans set for what you’d like to do after high school? Not really. I don’t have that much time left, but I feel like in a couple of months without wrestling, I should decide pretty fast. Maybe physical therapy, or business management. I might go undecided the first year.