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Student-Athlete of the Month: Suffield’s Guilmette - TheSportsDept.com

Student-Athlete of the Month: Suffield’s Guilmette

Matthew Guilmette has received scholar-athlete recognition seven times at Suffield High School. As a junior, he was undefeated in the NCCC in wrestling, making the all-league team. In his sophomore year, he was NCCC runnerup in wrestling, and was part of a state championship cross country team. He is an honor roll student.

How does Matt prepare before a match? I like to rest the day of and not stress myself out about anything, while just staying loose mentally. After warming up and stretching before my match, I plug in my phone and get in the zone by listening to pump-up music to get me fired up.

What is he most excited about with regards to the winter season? This winter season I am most excited for just having a great senior season by going out with a bang. The plan is to accomplish all the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the season.

What is his most memorable moment to date in a high school uniform? My most memorable moment so far in uniform would have to be winning the Casey Yates Memorial Tournament during my junior year. This was a special moment for me because it was my first time going into overtime. It ended up going to sudden death, which is equivalent to a triple overtime match. This was the longest match I have ever had and easily the most grueling, painful, and tiring mentally.

What does Matt hope to accomplish with his wrestling team? I hope to have a good season with this year’s team. Even though we are very young, there is an abundance of potential. I hope to win the NCCC title for Suffield as a team in wrestling for the first time since 2007. With a team NCCC title, I want to see us have at least six individual NCCC titles. With this, I also believe that we can send these six guys to opens this year, which would be a huge accomplishment for us. Needless to say, the expectations are high but achievable.

Who is his favorite pro or college athlete? I would choose Kyle Dake from Cornell wrestling.

What are his college plans? I plan on furthering my education in the fall by going off to college. I have not yet decided which school I will attend. However, I will be going for a degree in Criminal Justice with the goal of becoming a police officer. I also have not made a decision on wrestling in college yet, but I am definitely considering it.

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