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Getting to Know: Matthew Raines, George Mason

Matt Raines, George Mason

Throughout the off-season, we’re going to be getting to know returning NCAA Division I wrestlers from around the country.  We sent questionnaires to every program in the country and will be sharing the results throughout the long trek to next fall.  You can find them all whenever you like under the Getting to Know tag.    

Name: Matthew Raines
School: George Mason University
Class (for 2017-18): Redshirt Sophomore
Weight: 157

A two-time Virginia state champion, Raines redshirted before hitting the lineup a year ago at 157 pounds.  After an up and down regular season, Raines battled to a fourth place finish at his first EWL Championships.  While that wasn’t enough to advance to St. Louis, it was an encouraging performance as he builds towards his sophomore campaign.  Look for Matthew to continue getting the nod for the Patriots at 157 as he works towards his first national tournament.      

Rate your 2016-17 season on a scale of 1-10?
I would say 5 because I feel like I can always be better.

What are you working on this off-season?
Getting stronger and get on the mat and wrestle.

Do you plan to wrestle freestyle or Greco in the off-season?
Yes

What was the most interesting class you took this year?
Biology

What was your favorite match this season?
Home match vs. Cleveland State. (Editor’s Note: Raines picked up a 3-1 win as George Mason won the first six bouts against Cleveland State on their way to a 27-8 dual victory.)

If you could wrestle one person, living or dead, who would it be?
Joe Russell

If you could change one rule in college wrestling what would it be?
The new stalling rules in neutral.

If you weren’t a wrestler, is there another sport or competitive activity you’d have pursued?
Football

When the season ended, what is the one food you had to eat?
KFC

What is your major and what would you like to do with it when you graduate?
Social Sciences for education and I would like to be a high school teacher.

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