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Senior Captain has Passion for Wrestling

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Max Freebern, top, wrestles in a 170-pound match at the Eric D’Agnese Tournament. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
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Somers senior Max Freebern is a team captain on the varsity wrestling team and competes at 170/182 pounds.

How old were you when you first started wrestling and how did you get started?

I started youth wrestling when I was in third grade. I saw some of the youth matches on TV and thought it looked like a lot of fun; my parents signed me up soon after.

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What are the team’s goals this season and what are your individual goals?

We finally have a nearly full lineup this season and are hoping to have a positive record with our dual meets. I’d personally like to be an all-section wrestler at 170 pounds this year.

What has it been like with a new coach in Ron DiSanto Jr. since last season?

Coach Ron is exactly what our team needed to do well. His coaching style is a perfect mixture of the basics for the new wrestlers and advanced technique for some of the more experienced guys. Plus, he likes to put us through hard conditioning which helps us grind through our tough matches.

As a senior captain, how do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a team leader?

I’m honored to have been given an opportunity to lead our team this year. I always looked up to my captains as friends and role models, and hope to have the same relationship with my teammates. My job is to mentor and motivate the guys on the team, and help coach Ron to make sure we are ready to leave everything on the mat at competitions.

What is your favorite team activity, pre-game or post-game ritual that you share with your teammates?

After most meets we like to head over to Salsa Fresca and have a team dinner. It’s honestly one of the best parts of the season.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My father has been a constant source of guidance and inspiration throughout my life. He’s raised me to be the man I am today and he never fails to give me the correct guidance with everything I do.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

I’m obsessed with movies, especially if they were written or directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Do you plan on continuing to wrestle in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?

If the school I decide to attend has a club wrestling team, I think I will definitely participate in it. I don’t think D1 wrestling is for me; I want to focus on keeping my grades up and adjusting to college life. 

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I look forward to studying English and literature in college. Ever since freshman year I’ve been in love with writing and analyzing books; I would love to study literature at a higher level and possibly become an English teacher myself.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

David Taylor, who wrestled for Penn State.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a wrestling meet or tourney?

I like to listen to old-school rap or rock; anything to get me pumped up.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

My super power would be the ability to breath underwater so I could hang out with whales and dolphins.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

I’d head over  to Hawaii and spend some time lounging on the beautiful beaches.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

There’s nothing better than a Mexicali Blue after a meet.

Best place to eat in Somers and why?

Froggy’s Pizza and Deli is hands down my favorite place to eat because everyone treats you like family when you walk in the door.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

I’d choose Instagram because tweets annoy me and what’s Facebook again?

For a young athlete growing up in Somers, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the wrestling program and why should they go out for the team?

Wrestling is one of the hardest things you will ever do. It forces your body and mind to work in perfect harmony.  You can’t rely on a teammate to pick up your slack or blame your equipment, it’s all on you. Wrestling has taught me to take responsibility for my actions, toughened me mentally and physically and helped me persevere through challenges in my life. Becoming a wrestler was one of the best decisions of my life, and I recommend everyone try it once. In the words of Dan Gable, one of the most famous American wrestlers of all time, “Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy.”

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