SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers senior Thomas Gall is a team captain and competes at 220/285 pounds for the varsity wrestling team.

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

I started wrestling around sixth grade when my friend invited me to his club practice.

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

As a young team our main goal is to grow and become better wrestlers. Personally, I want to be a good role model and set good examples for the team.

As a senior on the team, how much do you value being a leader? 

It is super important to me and now that we have such a young team it’s even more important.

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

Usually before practices and matches we play spike ball and it gets super intense and it’s usually a lot of fun.

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

Definitely my parents. One thing my parents have taught me is to create my destiny and if you put in the work you will be successful.

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

I love hunting. I started when I was a kid and now I’m taking the sport much more seriously.

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

I will probably study engineering.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a match?

I usually listen to old school rap to help me get in a rhythm.

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

I probably want to have Spider-Man‘s powers just because it seems cool.

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

I want to go to Vail (Colorado) for skiing.

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

Chicken parm wedge.

Best place to eat in Somers?

Peppino’s.

Favorite social media platform?

Instagram.

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?

I’ve had a great experience. Wrestling taught me life lessons that can’t be learned anywhere else. I can’t be more grateful to be a part of this program and wrestling is also a fun sport.