Q-and-A with Nick Nasenbeny, Plainfield Central wrestling
February 3, 2013 5:26PM
Nick Nasenbeny, of Plainfield Central. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media
Updated: March 5, 2013 6:23AM
Nasenbeny, a two-time state medalist, is considered one of the top 126-pounders in the state. The junior will look to grab consecutive sectional titles Saturday in Moline.
Realistically, what’s the highest weight class you could enter and still qualify for state?
I’d say 132 or 138. I won the Barrington Invitational at 138 earlier this season, so that’s why I’m thinking that.
Proudest moment on the mat?
It’s a great moment every time you go to state, and bringing home a medal is even more special. My freshman year was pretty special because I was the underdog and took third (at 103 pounds). That’s when I put my name out there.
With your success, do you feel like there’s a target on you?
I don’t think I’m underestimated anymore. But it fuels my fire to keep competing and progressing.
Describe your style of wrestling.
Continuously pushing the pace. I like to get the first takedown and build off it. I don’t like waiting for them to shoot. I like to keep my matches action packed.
If you could change one rule about your high school, what would it be?
The amount of time you’re allowed to be late to class.
Are you often late?
I have my moments.
According to Illinois MatMen, you’re ranked No. 4 in Class 3A. Do you ever check your ranking?
I have not checked it once this year. I didn’t even know. I’m going to be giving everyone my best match, so it doesn’t matter where I’m ranked compared to anyone I face.
If you could double-leg takedown any celebrity, who would it be?
Mike “The Situation” from “Jersey Shore.” He’s a tool.
As told to Logan Malloy