Sears Hardware and Appliance Athlete of the Week: Nick Bonomo, Downers Grove North wrestling

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 10:00 p.m. CDT
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Nick Bonomo

Nick Bonomo

Downers Grove North

Senior

Wrestling

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Why Bonomo was selected:

One week after a runner-up showing at the Hinsdale Central tournament, Bonomo won the 170-pound title at Palatine's Berman invite with a 5-4 win in the title match.

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It didn't take long for Nick Bonomo to realize he was destined to be a wrestler. He started wrestling by age 6 and said he started taking it seriously by age of 7. Opponents should be taking Bonomo seriously. One of the top-ranked 170-pounders in the state by illinoismatmen.com, Bonomo has his sights set on the state title match. Bonomo, the Sears Hardware and Appliance Athlete of the Week, spoke with Suburban Life sports editor Jason Rossi about his tournament title and his goals for the rest of the season.

What's been the key to your success so far this season?

I'm going into matches with more confidence than last season. I'm working on top and going out and competing. I'm not as worried about the outcome until it happens.

Where have you improved from a year ago?

I worked more on working on my feet. I worked hard in the offseason on that, to keep moving to get on top.

What's been the highlight of the season so far?

I'd say my last tournament, the Berman. I finally won. I hadn't won a tournament since my sophomore year, so to win that one is big to build momentum for the second half.

What goals do you have for the rest of the season?

To qualify for the state tournament and get to that state title match.

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