Wantagh has one of the best wrestling programs in the state of New York. Last year they had an amazing run and got second in the state and they have not shown any chances of slowing down because this year they won 1 place at the David Bloom Memorial tournament. So I interviewed Dean Roumbos, a senior at Wantagh High School to see what is in the inside of the Wantagh wrestling system.   


Chris: When and why did you get into wrestling?

Dean:  I got into wrestling in 8th grade, Coach Hanley came to our gym class with a couple of boys from the varsity team to practice wrestling with those who were interested. At the time I thought it was the coolest thing and I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. But I didn’t realize how much it would change my life though.


Chris:  How much do you practice?

Dean: We practice 6 days a week, from Monday to Saturday though we do technically have a day off our motto is “no days off” 


Chris:  What is the team’s record this year?

Dean:  Our dual meet record this season was 27-1, the only time we ever lost was in the semifinals of states. We are the Nassau county Division 1 Dual meet champions.


Chris:   What are tournaments like?

Dean:  Tournaments are the most exciting and nerve racking thing I have ever been through. The buildup to the match is scary, but the second you step onto the mat you know it is business and your attitude changes. Nothing feels better than getting your hand raised, let alone multiple times in a day. Even though tournaments are all day they go by very quickly and you have an unforgettable time with your team.  


Chris: Do you have any advice for kids that are thinking about joining Wantagh wrestling?

Dean:  Don’t think twice. No matter who you are once you step in the wrestling room you’re immediately a part of something larger than yourself. It’s not an easy thing to do though, you’ll be pushed past boundaries and asked to do things you might not think you’re capable of. While some things might seem impossible your coaches and teammates will show you that no one can put a limit towards what you can do. Wantagh wrestling will be a part of me for my whole life, we’re a family and there’s nothing like it.