By: Isabelle Morris/Content Editor
Hard to believe now because of his excellence in the sport, but senior Adam Roe has not always been a wrestler. When asked how he first became interested in wrestling, Roe replied, “I was always physical and I played basketball growing up but usually fouled out. One weekend in the 5th grade, Dean Lewis, took me to a youth tournament at Susquehanna and I won it. That’s how I got introduced to the sport and how my interest started.”
Roe has experienced a lot of success since his initial introduction to the sport. The 2016-2017 season- his sophomore year- he was selected for second team all stars in the Lackawanna league, the 2017-2018 season- his junior year- he was selected for first team all stars ,and second team all academic all stars. Roe has a collective total of 94 wins (as of 2/5/19) and his record is 29-8, with 18 pins this season.
Roe’s coaches don’t go easy on the team when it comes to keeping in shape and practicing with “a lot of conditioning, cardio, strength building, a lot of drilling, live wrestling and practicing techniques and moves.” This rigorous practice and workout regiment explains not only Adam’s, but the success of his fellow teammates.
Some of Roe’s personal goals that he has achieved have been “placing in districts and also qualifying for regionals.” The goals that Roe has for the remainder of the season are “to get my 100 wins and qualify for the state tournament in Hershey.” According to Roe, wrestling has taught him “self-discipline, mental toughness and how to work through the pain and struggle.”
After all these years Adam says his favorite memory has been “winning the league this past year.” When asked if he had any hopes/plans to continue wrestling in college, Roe said that he has “had thoughts about wrestling at Penn College” but is not sure. He also says that he “needs to think about it more and it depends how this year ends.”
With Roe’s senior wrestling season soon coming to a close, he would like to thank, “all the coaches that have helped me throughout my wrestling career, especially Coach Tim Esposito. Also a big thanks to my parents, family and friends for always supporting me.”