“At practice, I think about the tournaments and that I am actually in a tournament,’’ he said. “That way, I stay ready for them.’’
He keeps himself in shape partly by doing cross fitness training.
Wrestling coaches emphasize conditioning — the ability to maintain a single physical action for prolonged times.
When Jake is not practicing in the Haverhill program, he works out at Smitty’s Wrestling Barn in Danville, N.H., run by Matt Smith, a former wrestler who won the High School National Championship in 2002. Smith has been in the wrestling training business 14 years.
“Jake’s one of those kids who puts everything into his work and now it’s starting to show,’’ Smith said. “He’s winning championships.
“It’s the effort that he puts into his training that makes him good and helps him improve every time he wrestles,” Smith said.
Wrestling is not all speed and hits. Unlike boxing, the opponents stay in very close contact for long periods of time.
“He never gets nervous,’’ Lawlor said. “He hits the right moves and he’s very poised and coordinated.’’
Asked about his wrestling and why he enjoys it, Jake said simply that it is fun. He said he treats every wrestling match like it’s his most important.
The other six Haverhill wrestlers who competed in the New England tournament Saturday in North Andover were Saun Mears, Edgar Feliciano, Rolando Carrasco, Roland Mercier, Cory Defusco and John Rose.
About Jake Nicolosi
Height: 4 feet-8 1/2 inches tall
Weight: 91 pounds
School: Sixth grade at St. Joseph School
Claim to fame: State youth wrestling champion 3 consecutive years
Other sports: Baseball and football