Greensburg Tribune-Review grappler Q&A: Hempfield's Joey Alessandro
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Hempfield senior Joey Alessandro (31-5) is ranked third at 138 pounds by the Tribune-Review entering the Class AAA section tournaments this weekend. He finished second in the 138-pound weight class at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament earlier this season after a 6-2 loss to Franklin Regional's Mike Kemerer. Alessandro, who has 111 career wins, finished third at the King of the Mountain and Powerade tournaments.
“I think just putting more time in and having extra workouts have contributed to my success,” Alessandro said. “I have also been getting stronger physically and mentally, as well.”
What are your college plans for next year?
I'm wrestling next year at Seton Hill. I want to major in accounting. Their coach was recruiting me hard. I like the coach and the program they are running up there. I like working with numbers and I'm pretty good with math.
How does it feel to reach the 100-win plateau for your career?
It was pretty difficult because I was out for 11 months after my knee injury during my sophomore year. I came back a little hungrier to get that milestone.
What did you learn during that time when you were injured?
I learned to really not take anything for granted. It makes me give 100 percent whenever you can and do the best you can.
What is your mindset going into the individual portion of the season?
Really, just knowing it's my last go at it makes me want to place high up in the state tournament, which is my ultimate goal.
What do you need to do to accomplish that?
I just really need to wrestle hard through the whole tournament and stay consistent through my matches.
— Andrew John
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Diabetes doesn’t slow down WPIAL wrestling duo headed for states
- 3 Penn-Trafford wrestlers competing at PIAA championships
- Class AAA wrestlers excited for PIAA debuts
- Plum wrestlers conclude season at WPIALs
- Franklin Regional sending 6 wrestlers to PIAA tourney
- High school notebook: Latrobe’s Shaffer accepts offer to wrestle at Virginia
- Burrell freshman Christie aided by bracket change at wrestling regionals
- South Fayette wrestling pair eyes first PIAA titles
- Southmoreland senior gets brotherly advice in Southwest Regional wrestling championships: Win
- Norwin wrestling’s Phipps hits century club in championship fashion
- Mt. Lebanon senior Stout has legacy that links to Kurt Angle