As the holidays come to us we hope that all of you have enjoyed our â€œ7-minsâ€ feature. Today TOM goes 7 minutes with Lock Haven sophomore John Trumbetti. Coming off a 21-10 seasons as a redshirt freshman Trumbetti seeks to improve upon that and find the podium this spring. With a 14-3 record so far this season he is off to a good start.
TOM: Describe your first wrestling match.
JT: My first ever wrestling match was in 1st grade and I remember being petrified, it only lasted forty seconds ending with a cement job to my back! I stepped off the mat and told my father that next time I wanted to be the one who throws kids to their backsides, since that day I never looked back.
TOM: What has been your most memorable match?
JT: My most memorable match to date was wrestling Zach sanders now from (Univ Of Minnesota) in the round robin to get into the finals of the Junior Greco Championship match. It was a very thrilling match, coming down to the last clinch in the third period. It was a great match and even better that I squeaked out the win to make the finals. Zach is a great wrestler and a very tough competitor.
TOM: If you could wrestle anyone from the past who would it be and why?
JT: I would have loved to wrestle Jesse Whitmer From Univ. Of Iowa back in the 90’s. I love the way he wrestled with his never let up tenacity. He is a true warrior!
TOM: What are you most looking forward to this season?
JT: I’m looking forward to firstly our dual meet against Penn State. It’s a great match to wrestle because of how close we are in location. The crowd is our biggest of the year and this year it’s at home. Lastly I look forward to the NCAA’s in Omaha, that is the big show and I hope to make a big splash when I get there.
TOM: What have you done in the past year to improve?
JT: This summer I spent literally all my time at Cary Kolat’s wrestling facility in Baltimore. Cary has helped me with my wrestling in all aspects. In august Coach Waller took over the program along with bringing in Teyon Ware and Matt Lackey. Our coaching staff is second to none helping my wrestling in all aspects, especially pointing out my weaknesses’. These three guys have helped my wrestling tremendously, but there is still work to be done. I look forward to fulfilling my goals under our coaching staffs’ tutelage.
TOM: What advice would you give to a up and coming wrestler?
JT: I would tell him to make goals everyday in practice. Focus on the little things that the average wrestler would over look. As coach Waller tells us: â€œThe little things are the difference between NCAA champions and NCAA qualifiers”. Lastly to just believe in yourself!
TOM: Who has had the biggest impact on your wrestling career?
JT: I would have to say my father had the biggest impact on my wrestling along with my junior wrestling coach Rich Santoli. Without them I would probably never be wrestling in the first place. They have taught me almost everything I know today as well as shaping me into the person I am today.