The John Glenn wrestling team has been ripping through the competition this season like a tornado ripping through a neighborhood. They’ve racked up an impressive 281 points while giving up 83 points in 6 Dual meets this season alone.
At the Bethpage Tournament, they tore through the competition entering into the finals with 18 finalists and crowning 10 champions.
Two weeks later, the tornado picked up strength as it moved south and earned impressive victories over Sayville (59-6), Garden City (57-9), Brentwood (42-12), and a hardnosed win in the championship finals against the 2nd best dual meet team in Nassau County, MacArthur (31-30), and the win over MacArthur includes 2 forfeits by John Glenn.
John Glenn has the toughest middle lineup on the Island with 8 ranked Section XI wrestlers as ranked by LIWA. It starts at 119 with Matt Gannon, followed by Nick Meinsen (125), Tyler Sinisgalli (130), Matt Fusaro (135), Nick Terdick (140), John Bosco (152), Chris Carlucci (160), and Alex Rosenberg (171).
The style of this team is very physical and very technical with enduring stamina. The John Glenn wrestler that best exemplifies the hardnosed physical nature of this team is 125 pounder Nick Meinsen. Nick is a returning All State DI wrestler, placing 3rd at 103 in 2008.
In the finals match of the Long Island Challenge, Nick exhibited the John Glenn style in an impressive victory over MacAthur’s Arial Guerrero (3rd ranked in Section 8) with a TF at 5:20. On the day Nick earned 3 pins and 1 TF.
Lighthouse Wrestling names Nick Meinsen the wrestler of the week in recognition of his impressive performance at the Long Island Challenge. We asked Nick if he would underscore this recognition by answering some questions.
LHW: First, congratulations on the start of a very promising season for you and the John Glenn Team. Your skill and performance appears to have grown significantly since last year. That’s not meant to knock your performance last season as taking third in New York State is a great accomplishment, but the growth is noticeable. Are you doing anything different in your preparation/training? What do you attribute to your growth since last season?
Nick: This year I had done a lot more off season wrestling then I had my sophomore year. I was going to tournaments and camps over the summer and I was going to open mats during the fall to improve my skills and get ready for the season.
LHW: At the LI challenge there were three aspects of the team’s wrestling that was consistent with every wrestler: one, everyone wrestles very physically; two, everyone puts together combinations of moves seemingly without thinking; and three, everyone is in tremendous shape. Those are aspects of performance that are developed in practice. What’s it like to wrestle in the John Glenn room?
Nick: To wrestle in the John Glenn room you have to stay tough and mentally tough to keep your intensity the entire practice. We do live drilling to keep our skills at their best so we can hit it every time in match. We also do a lot of live wrestling to get the feel for certain situations and to get in better shape.
LHW: Recent performance suggests that JG is the top LI team and maybe even the top team in New York State. What do you attribute to the success of this team?
Nick: I’m always pushing kids to keep going, get that extra work out at night when you’re tired. Having great partners is a key to the success of a good team. Guys like Nick Terdick and many more contribute so much to the success of this team.
LHW: You had a great showing in the state tournament last year where the difference between the top 3 at 103 was slim, and you had a very strong wrestle back to take third. Some believe taking 3rd is more difficult than winning. What did you take away from that experience and possibly disappointment as I’m sure winning was your ultimate goal?
Nick: Last year was an exciting year for me. Going to States was a great feeling. To wrestle all the top wrestlers around Suffolk County for 3 weeks helped; it was a great experience for me and I learned a whole lot.
LHW: After wrestling as a DII team and now as a DI team, what are your thoughts on the DI, DII format?
Nick: After wrestling in D1 and D2 I believe that D2 is really weak on Long Island. Up state D2 is really good, but in Suffolk D2 is not very good. Coming from D2 to D1, the level of competition is much higher.
LHW: Why do you wrestle?
Nick: I wrestle because when I was in second grade, I joined a summer camp for wrestling, and after that camp, I loved to wrestle ever since.
LHW: That’s it for the serious stuff. We’d like to ask you a bunch of fun questions, and we hope you find them to be fun as well. What’s your favorite song/Band?
Nick: My favorite band is Hollywood Undead
LHW: What’s your favorite movie?
Nick: My favorite movie is the The Dark Knight.
LHW: Speaking of movies, if Hollywood was to make a movie of your life, who do you want playing you? Who do you want playing the leading lady (ies)?
LHW: When not cutting weight, what are some of your favorite foods? Do you prefer mom’s home cooking or going to restaurants?
Nick: When I’m not cutting weight I don’t have a favorite food it’s just whatever I can get my hands on except vegetables. But if I had to pick a favorite food it would be Wendy’s, Chinese food, and my mom’s home cooked meals.
LHW: When not wrestling, what are some of your interests and/or hobbies?
Nick: When I’m not wrestling I like to sleep, play World of Warcraft, and hang out with my friends.
LHW: What are three things most people don’t know about you that you think they would be surprised to learn?
Nick: Three things that most people don’t know about me would be I play WOW, I’m lazy, I want to punch my coach sometimes.
Thank you Nick for taking the time to answer these questions with LHW….We’re all excited for your success so far this season, and we all are rooting for your continued growth and success. We wish you all the best.