Marmion sophomore Matt Ferraro shined during last month’s Fargo [N.D.] Nationals, an annual summer showcase of top nationwide talent. The St. Charles resident, competing at 152 pounds, missed last year’s event, as he stayed behind on vaction to visit family in his native Boston. Ferraro caught up with Kane County Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley about the experience and the looming school year for the latest edition of the Weekend Chit-Chat. The following is an edited transcript:
You were one of four Marmion All-Americans at Fargo Nationals [last month]. Not bad for your first time there.
I think it went great. It was real fun. It was a good experience, a lot of great competition that taught me what I need to do to wrestle better to beat better kids. What works, what doesn’t work. … You really have to go with certain moves, more like simpler techniques more than the riskier stuff. The basic moves. Getting good with those, more than the funky kind of stuff, works against the better kids. ... I can’t wait to go next year and learn a lot more.
What differentiates out-of-state kids from wrestlers from Illinois?
Out-of-state guys I can tell one, because their technique is different from what it is around this state. In-state, I know a little more what to expect, whereas out-of-state you see what they’re giving me at the beginning of the match, so I have to figure out how to adjust to it and what I have to do to stay strong.
Where do you do your offseason training?
Team Overtime in Naperville. They’ve got a lot of great kids there. A lot of my teammates go there, too. I’ve been going there for a few years, probably around five years I’ve been heading up there.
How much do you and your older brother [Nick] spar or compete at home?
We lift on our off days. I usually try to get a quick workout in somewhere. … My brother and I don’t have a wrestling room at home, but if we’re walking in the hallway, we’ll kind of mess with each other a little bit.
You’re a fullback and middle linebacker on the sophomore football team. How do your sports play off one another?
I think it keeps up my muscle, keeps me working out, but I think wrestling benefits my football more than football benefits wrestling. If someone tries to block me, I can hand fight, I can stay low when they’re moving around. And a double-leg [takedown] is just like making a tackle. it comes natural.
What else did you do on summer vacation?
Right before Fargo, I went out to Boston to visit family and stuff. Had fun out there. ... We went and did the Freedom Trail up in the city area and went deep sea fishing and kind of just hung out with family a lot. ... School’s going to start soon. I’m kind of excited a little bit. Should be a fun year.