Parisi Speed School Player of the Week: Nick Raimo – Hanover Park

Morris Sussex Sports covers 40 schools’ sports teams that consists of about 14,000 athletes in Morris, Sussex and parts of Warren counties. Out of those 14,000 athletes, Morris Sussex Sports and Parisi Speed School honor just one athlete who does something special each week with the Parisi Speed School Player of the Week.  Go to Parisi Speed School to raise your game and become faster, bigger and stronger.  Mention “Morris Sussex Sports” and receive a FREE Speed Pass to one of their world class training sessions.  

During the final week of the winter season there were a ton of fantastic performances in Morris-Sussex between hockey, wrestling, basketball and other sports. But the athlete we felt deserved the Parisi Speed School Player of the Week the most was Hanover Park wrestler Nick Raimo. Raimo, who already won a state championship earlier in his career, missed most of his senior regular season with a foot injury. But he began to get his health back just as Districts started and he made an amazing comeback. Raimo would go on to run the table during Districts, Regions and ultimately States to win his second state championship of his career.

We caught up with the senior to talk about this victory, his amazing career and what it’s like to get his braces off after having them on for 10-years!

Morris Sussex Sports: After missing most of the season due to injury, was there any doubt you were going to win states when you stepped foot in Atlantic City?
Nick Raimo: There was no doubt. Knowing everything I’ve been through no way I was losing.

MSS: Were you concerned not having the wrestling reps that come with being healthy would hamper your ability to compete at the level you are used to?
NR: Yes and no. I had to cancel out all negative thoughts and just trust my wrestling.

MSS: What was the feeling you had when the ref lifted your arm as a state champ for your second time in your last match at the high school level?
NR: I felt like we did it because it took a whole team effort to get me there.

MSS: What are your favorite moments you look back on in your high school career?
NR: Winning some of the biggest tournaments and celebrating with my coaches.

MSS: What is it about Hanover Park that they have a knack for producing such great wrestlers?
NR: The coaching staff is, in my opinion, the best in the state. My coaches really know how to build better people and wrestlers.

MSS: Who is your role model?
NR: My brother.

MSS: Who is the best wrestler you faced during your high school career?
NR: I had a lot of great opponents – Sebastian Rivera, Julian Chlebove and Shane Van Ness to name a few.

MSS: Do you have any pre-match rituals?
NR: No, just to stay relaxed and loose.

MSS: You just had your braces taken off after 10 years, what did that feel like immediately after they took them off?
NR: Awesome, it’s been a long road.

MSS: What legacy do you want to leave at Hanover Park?
NR: A legacy of toughness and respect.

MSS: What can Arizona State expect from you over the next four years?
NR: Hard work and NCAA championships.

MSS: Congrats Nick and thank you for representing our area with such class and resilience over the past four years!

Watch Nick win the 132-Pound 2019 State Championship (video courtesy of Jersey Sports Zone).

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