Over the past few years, the Rutgers football program found some success recruiting many of the better heavyweight wrestlers in the state of New Jersey. In 2007, the Scarlet Knights seem to have hit gold again with the addition of Alex Silvestro. He has recently won the New Jersey State Wrestling Championship in the 215lbs classification, a goal that had escaped him over the past two years. StateofRutgers had an opportunity to discuss this recent accomplishment with the future Scarlet Knight.
State of Rutgers: How does it feel to win the New Jersey State Wrestling Championship?
Silvestro: It's pretty awesome. All the hundreds of tournaments I did were so I could win a state
championship. So its great that everything came together at the end.
State of Rutgers: Could you describe the feeling?
Silvestro: It is unbelieveable. It is an all-time high. Its seems so much better then winning the football championship. Although I like football better but this feeling is better because it is just me.
State of Rutgers: How did you celebrate the win?
Silvestro: Afterwards the coaches, my family, friends, I went to the Sons of Italy.
State of Rutgers: Now that you have this goal behind you, what is your next goal?
Silvestro: Baseball. I am 11 hits away from 100. I think the school record is not much over 100. So I think I can beat the record by 10 hits or so.
State of Rutgers: When will you start to prepare for football with your busy schedule?
Silvestro: During baseball season, I will start to lift again. I haven't really had many good workouts during wrestling because it's hard to get good lifts in. I will have a lot more time to run sprints also.
State of Rutgers: Has wrestling been able to help you in football?
Silvestro: Yes, the mental part of the game is mainly where it has helped. It has been able to get me even more mentally tougher as you need to be to finish wrestling. It has also helped with my foot work and strength.
State of Rutgers: What are your goal for your first year at Rutgers?
Silvestro: Simply to try to win a starting position as soon as possible.