AOTW: Nicholas Racanelli, senior wrestler

The Beacon: Male Athlete of the Week Nov. 2 – Nov. 12 Why Nicholas Racanelli was selected: Racanelli was named the MAC Wrestler of the Week after placing as the runner-up in the 165-lb. weight class at the Ned McGinley Invitational hosted by King’s College.


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Senior wrestler Nicholas Racanelli

Kirsten Peters, Co-Sports Editor

Name: Nicholas Racanelli

Year: Fifth-year Senior

Major: Biology & Spanish

Hometown: West Creek, NJ

High School: Southern Regional HS

Position: 165 lb. weight class

Driving force for your decision to come to Wilkes?

I wanted to continue wrestling as well as receive a great education. Wilkes allowed me to do both.

Post-graduation plans in terms of a career?

After graduating, I plan to attend medical school and then practice dermatology.

What came first? The chicken or the egg?

The chegg.

Favorite building on campus?

Marts Center.

Coke or Pepsi?

I’d crack open a dewski over both.

Favorite professor(s)?

Dr. Steele and Dr. Bianco.

Hopes for this season as a Colonel?

To reach 100 career wins and win a national title.

When/Why did you first begin playing?

I started in the second grade because my oldest brother was a wrestler before me.

Favorite thing to do during practice?

Slam people.

If you had to choose one thing about your program that you could improve, what would it be?

Nothing, the program I follow has led me to Nationals two times.

Other interests or hobbies off of the field? 

Competitive eating and Fortnite.

Favorite meal to eat on campus?

They’re not on campus, but definitely Angelo’s or Gerry’s pizza.

Most influential person in your life?

Can’t name just one … family, friends and coaches.

If you could have dinner with a famous person from the past, who would it be?

Robin Williams.

A quote you live your life by?

A quote I live my life by is, “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.”

What does “Be Colonel” mean to you?

To me, “Be Colonel” means to represent Wilkes in a positive manner, on and off the mat.

Anyone to give a shout-out to?

Wilkes student-athletes.

-Compiled by Kirsten Peters, Co-Sports Editor