Somers senior Mike Esquivel competed at 285 pounds for the varsity wrestling team this past season. He was a center on the varsity football team and also plays lacrosse.
How old were you when you first started wrestling and how did you get started?
I started wrestling this year. I started the winter season on the track team. But one of our captains, Conor Heine, kept on talking to me about how similar the sport was to football and how fun it would be if I wrestled. No offense to the track team, but I felt that wrestling would be a better fit. Since it’s my senior year, I wanted to give it a shot. I just wish that I started wrestling earlier in high school.
What has it been like with a new coach in Ron DiSanto Jr. since last season?
Coach DiSanto is a great coach and he’s bringing the program in the right direction. With him being involved in the program since he was a kid, he can relate with us about what it’s like to wrestle for Somers.
What do you enjoy the most about the sport of wrestling?
I enjoy the physical aspect of it, it’s so similar to football. Just you and your opponent fighting to the final whistle. I love how all eyes are on you during a match, and the team and coaches are there to support you too.
What is your favorite team activity, pre-match or post-match ritual that you share with your teammates?
The team massages on a Monday after a tough tournament from the Saturday before is always something I look forward to.
There are not many three-sport athletes anymore but you play football, wrestling and lacrosse. What keeps you motivated to compete in three sports throughout the school year? Do the skills or techniques needed in certain sports translate to the other sports?
Even though I’m a big guy, I love staying active. I’d rather be playing a sport than running on a treadmill. Football really gave me the physical and mental toughness to compete in both wrestling and lacrosse. But nothing can compare to the type of shape you have to be in in order to wrestle a full match or wrestle in a tournament, where you can wrestle in three or four matches in one day.
What are the expectations for the team for the upcoming lacrosse season?
The expectation is always to win a section title. I believe that this team is capable of achieving that.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model has been my brother Oscar. He never got to have a successful sports career at Somers since he tore his ACL three times. Seeing him go through something like that taught me to never take a practice, game or match for granted.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
Not a lot of people know that I played the violin when I was in third and fourth grade.
Do you plan on continuing to wrestle or compete in any other sports in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?
I don’t plan on continuing any sports in college. I want to focus on doing well in school.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I want to study either finance or computer science. I’ve always been good with numbers and studying computers can go a long way nowadays.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
My favorite professional athlete is Brian Dawkins and my favorite professional team is the New England Patriots.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a wrestling meet or tourney?
Love listening to Speaker Knockerz. May he rest in peace.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
It would be super speed because I’m not a fast kid.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
I would go to Australia, it looks awesome and I want to see a kangaroo roaming free.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
Going to McDonald’s after a football game is always good fun.
Best place to eat in Somers and why?
Froggy’s Deli & Pizza always hits the spot.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Twitter always has something going on. Being a part of the wrestling program is amazing. There’s nothing like being on a team, you spend so much time with your teammates that they start to become close to you. It doesn’t have to be wrestling, but I highly recommend being on a sports team in Somers High School. You’re only in high school for four years, the memories made from sports last a lifetime.