Sophmore Nick Racanelli majors in Biology at Wilkes as he also wrestles at 157 lbs for the university’s team.
Q: What was the driving force for your decision to come to Wilkes?
A: Wilkes had great athletic and academic programs suitable for my sport and major.
Q: What are your post-graduation plana in terms of a career?
A: Become a dermatologist.
Q: What are your hopes for your second season as a Colonel?
A: Become an NCAA All American and make the Dean’s List.
Q: When/Why did you first begin wrestling?
A: I began wrestling in the third grade and was encouraged by my older brother who wrestled.
Q: If you had to choose one thing about Wilkes’ Wrestling Program that you could improve, what would it be?
A: As much as I hate the green rooms they are only preparing me to become more in shape and stronger. Not much of the program needs improvement and we show that when we wrestle.
Q: Do you have other sports/interest/hobbies off of the court?
A: Lifting, going to the beach, snowboarding and hanging with friends.
Q: Who would you say is the most influential person in your life?
A: The most inspirational people in my life would have to be my father, older brother and past wrestling coaches. All have taught me valuable, life long lessons that I still consider today.
Q: A quote you live your life by?
A: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Or, “tough times don’t last, tough people do.” I use these quotes in everyday life because there’s no such thing as an easy day for me. Each day contains some sort of obstacle that need I need to overcome to get better or improve.
Q: Do you have any advice for the freshmen student athletes beginning their freshman seasons and semesters?
A: Being a student athlete is probably going to be overwhelming at times, this is where time management and organization comes in. You need to be able to balance things out to make them work, even if it means sacrificing things like going out on weekends or playing video games.
Q: How do you feel about the changes being made to campus this year?
A: I think the changes made to the campus are wonderful this year. I also love food so I really like the new Grilleworks and Which Wich places.