During Monday night’s chat, I was asked about the most improved wrestler in the section this season. There are many who deserved to be mentioned in that conversation, and this guy is one of them. Brewster senior Gino Gioielli had a solid season as a junior, taking fourth in the section, but he took it to another level in 2014. He placed fourth at Eastern States and dominated his way through his weight class at sectionals, majoring New Rochelle’s Demetrius Rodriguez in the 170-pound Division 1 final. He went from a tough wrestler in the section to one who is recognized around the state.
Here are the responses that I received from Gino:
How did you get started with wrestling? I started wrestling in fourth or fifth grade, then quit for a year. I decided I’d be bored without a sport in the winter, so I came back for the modified team. That’s when everything picked back up again.
What is it that you love about the sport? I love to dominate someone. Break them physically and mentally, to the point where they don’t even want to wrestle me anymore. Scoring lots of points is a lot of fun.
Describe what was going through your head when the referee raised your hand after the finals: When the referee raised my hand, I was deeply satisfied, but I knew I would be there the entire season. I visualized winning it a million times.
What was the most difficult obstacle that you had to overcome this season? Staying healthy/injury free can get difficult since it’s such a long season.
What area do you feel that you’ve improved in the most over the course of the season? Top game. Riding and turns has been a strong point this year.
What are you like off of the mat? Off the mat, I like to make jokes, mess around. I also love to eat. I eat when I’m not even hungry.
What is playing in your headphones while you get ready for a match? I don’t listen to music before matches. My parents bought me Beats headphones so I could listen to music before matches, and I never used them… sorry Mom and Dad.
What is your favorite food? A fat Chipotle burrito.
Name one thing that’s interesting about you that people may not know about: I have to wear mid-calf socks when I wrestle.
I’ll be running these “Meet the Champs” posts everyday leading up to states. I emailed all of the section champs that I had information, but if you didn’t receive one for some reason and would like to be included, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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