Capturing 118 of 203 votes cast, Streator boys wrestler Nick Pollett is The Times Athlete of the Week, sponsored by SOCU.
The Bulldogs’ 106-pound wrestler continued his fantastic season, capturing the individual title at the Class 2A Rock Island Regional with a pair of pinfall victories and breaking the school’s single-season pins record in the process. Pollett went on to score a runner-up finish and break Streator’s single-season record for wins at the 2A Sycamore Sectional, qualifying for state.
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Here is a Q&A with this week’s winner:
With a regional championship, school records and knocking on the door of a 40-win season, you’ve had an amazing senior season. What’s come together for you this year that’s led to all the success?
Pollett: I have a lot of experience in wrestling, and this year I did a lot of work in the offseason.
The Streator wrestling program has undergone a resurgence during your career. What’s different about the team this season than when you were an underclassman?
Pollett: We have wrestlers coming in with experience, and we have added a lot more matches to our season than we had in the past.
Who got you into the sport of wrestling?
Pollett: My dad.
How would you describe yourself as a wrestler?
Pollett: I look for other people’s mistakes and capitalize on them.
How old were you when you started competing, and where did you wrestle?
Pollett: I was 6 years old when I started wrestling with the Streator Youth Wrestling program.
What’s your favorite subject in school?
Pollett: My favorite class is P.E.
You and the team are going out to dinner to celebrate a big win. Where do you go, and what do you order?
Pollett: During the season we all need to cut weight, so we can’t [celebrate with food], but I would go to Chix and order wings.
What collegiate and/or Olympic wrestler is your favorite to watch, and why?
Pollett: [Four-time University of Iowa all-American] Austin DeSanto. His matches are always entertaining.
What movie would you say you’ve seen more than any other? About how many times?
Pollett: “The Benchwarmers.” Too many to count.
Only one can stay: pizza, gyros or tacos. Which are you keeping?
Is there a fact about you that might surprise people who only know you through sports?
Pollett: I like shooting guns with my dad.
Do you have any college plans yet, and if so, do they involve sports?
Pollett: I haven’t fully decided yet. I’m thinking about going to college for physical therapy, but I’m not sure if I will be involved in sports.