New Jersey Sophomore Romeo Has The Motivation to Reach His Goal on The Wrestling Mat
New Jersey Sophomore Romeo Has The Motivation to Reach His Goal on The Wrestling MatFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2023
Red Bank, NJ: Missing out on a trip to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Wrestling Championships by a mere one point, it is clear what is motivating Red Bank Catholic sophomore Frankie Romeo.
But it's a little bit more than that.
Getting to the state championship level is the goal of all high school wrestlers. So to miss it by a single point is obviously the driving force for Romeo. But his ultimate goal is to earn a Division I scholarship and he feels he needs to make it to states to make that goal a reality.
"A scholarship to college is my ultimate goal,'' said Romeo. "But I'd like to wrestle Division 1 and you almost have to make it to states for that to happen. I have two years to do it.''
To show one how serious Romeo is to reach his goal, he will give up football in the fall to focus solely on wrestling.
"I will need all that time in the summer and fall to prepare for wrestling,'' said Romeo. "It is my #1 priority, so I thought it was smart to give up football for wrestling.''
At 5-foot-7, 165 pounds, Romeo can bench press 260 pounds and squat 355. Romeo used that strength to his advantage on the wrestling mat during the winter by fashioning a record of 19-6 for the Caseys - 14-5 at 165, 5-1 at 175.
Entering the District 20 Tournament as the No. 1 seed, Romeo received a double bye, then rolled to the 165-pound title by pinning fourth-seeded Daniel Benbook of Middletown North in 3:37, then second-seeded Robert Mulligan of Raritan in 5:19.
Entering the Region 5 Tournament as the No. 6 seed at 165, Romeo needed to place among the top four to advance to the finals. Stopped in one of the early rounds, Romeo eventually lost to fifth-seeded Dan Hennessey of Old Bridge, 5-4 in the wrestleback semifinals.
"My goal was to win and move on to the states,'' said Romeo. "So I was a little disappointed because it was so close, I will use it as motivation.''
A Point Pleasant resident, Romeo's father and grandfather graduated from RBC, ''so it was pretty much pre-determined I would go there,'' said Romeo. He finished 2-3 on the RBC varsity as a freshman before his career blasted off in 2022-23.
After his stellar season, Romeo is getting some early feelers as far as college. He will be attending prospect camps at Franklin and Marshall as well as the Citadel. He will also be attending a showcase at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft in June where coaches from such schools as Rutgers, Michigan, Princeton, Cornell and others are expected to be there.
Despite being 16 years old, Romeo knows exactly what his strengths are as well as his weaknesses.
"I'm strong mentally and physically,'' he said. "I'm hard-working and motivated and I feel I am a leader by example for the younger kids and older ones."
"As far as weaknesses, I know I need to work on my technique and my footwork.'' That work has already begun."
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