Meet Guesseppe Rea

Evan Willey, Contributor

Guesseppe Rea is a freshman wrestler at Wilkes University. He is currently undecided in his major but what he does know for sure is his love for the sport wrestling. He has only been into the sport for four short years, but has excelled and achieved recognition to bring him to college for his talents. Guesseppe says he loves food, but if anyone knows anything about wrestlers you know they are limited on what they can eat through the season. As for now Guesseppe is only hungry for a win.

What is your most memorable moment while playing this sport?
The most memorable moment of wrestling has to be last year’s Northeast Regionals semifinals when I beat the kid who I lost earlier in the season to qualify for the State Tournament in Hershey. It was probably the longest match I’ve wrestled haha.

Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is probably myself. ¬†Yeah it may be weird but I have seen great things from myself and I know I’m capable of more. I inspire myself. I tend not to be a follower but Besik Kudukhov inspires me you could say.

How long have you been playing?
Surprisingly this is 5th year wrestling. Most people start when they’re in 1st grade or so. I started my freshman year in high school.

Have you ever received any awards? What are they?
I’ve received a tons of awards. The most important to me are, The Bethlehem Holiday Classic (1st ever champ from my school), State Qualifier, Kings Open and Messiah Invitational.

Are you superstitious when you’re in game mode?
Yes, very much. I tend to do everything in the same order. I tie my shoes the same way everytime. I always go to the bathroom or an empty room before my matches. I always pray before I shake the other guy’s hand.

What do you eat/drink before a game?
Well, a day before a match I always eat eggs because they dont weigh as much. After I weigh in, I always eat 1 or 2 bagels with cream cheese. Oh and I can’t forget the famous “tang” that coach makes.

How do you like Wilkes? What’s your favorite part of being here?
Wilkes is awesome. I love everything about it, from the professors to the athletics. I like the small college environment and everyone seems nice and friendly. My favorite part is the Sub and Rifkin because I love to eat.

How is it being a new student in a new school and dealing with playing a sport?
Sometimes its a little nervous being the new kid because I’m a little shy and not really a talking machine haha. School and athletics are not really a big problem since most of my professors know I wrestle and sometimes give me a break. Also some people start to notice me from my wrestling achievements here in Wilkes, which is nice.

What is your favorite sports icon?
My favorite sport’s icon is a trophy, because I always strive to be 1st.

What is your biggest goal in life?
My biggest goal in life is to be a successful parent, teacher and coach.

How do you like the people you met on your team? Are you close with them?
I love my new teammates! First time I met them they were very welcoming and fun. I’m close to a lot of them and considerer them as brothers. Great friends.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I see myself graduating from Wilkes University and moving on to the next stage in life. Hopefully have a stable job and as always still wrestling.

What do you miss about home the most?
I really miss my mom’s cooking and my best friends.

What’s your major and what are you looking to do with it?
I’m undecided right now but Im looking into Education and being a wrestling coach later on.

What are some of your lucky charms?
My lucky number is 5. My socks and shoes.