Nece, a senior, is 37-1 with 31 pins. Last season he finished second in Class 5A at 182 pounds. He will wrestle at Andover Saturday in the 5A wrestling regionals.
You and some of your teammates went to watch “Deadpool” on Monday. Why is team bonding important in an individual sport like wrestling?
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“In the practice room, if we didn’t like each other, we’d fight all the time. If we don’t like each other, we won’t want to wrestle each other. We enjoy hanging out with each other. We’ve wrestled with each other for four years, so whenever we have the chance, we spend time together and we all get along.
“And we wanted to get together to celebrate winning the City League (title), too.”
With wrestling regionals Saturday, are you guys carrying momentum after winning the league title?
“I would say we have momentum, but we’ve still got to go practice hard, work our butts off, get prepared and prepare. We can’t be cocky going into our regional. I’d say it’s one of the toughest in the state.… They’re all top-quality teams.”
You’ve wrestled at different weights, but are at 182 for the postseason. Does it affect you to move around?
“When they want to put me at different weights, it’s because it’s what’s better for the team. I trust coach and will do whatever he says. Coach (Tim Dryden) thought about me wrestling 195 at City League. I wouldn’t have been disappointed. It’s my senior year and I wanted to win a City League title for my team and me.”
You play football, baseball and wrestle, but now you’re planning to throw the javelin in the spring. Why?
“Honestly, (Heights senior) Creighton Sanders. We grew up playing football together. I saw he was doing it and thought, ‘That looks like fun.’ He’s had success with that, and I’ve always had a good arm.”
What do you listen to before a match?
“I always listen to music, actually to one song — ‘Call Me Maybe,’ by Carly Rae Jepsen. It’s not hard rap. It’s fast music. I enjoy that kind of music. It does relax me. It gets me off focusing on the match — keeps me in focus, but takes me out of stress. I go around to my teammates doing the hand motions like the Harvard baseball team did. I started doing it when I was in eighth grade.”