After seeing limited action in his first two seasons, senior wrestler Nick Farro was thrust into the spotlight last season as a full-time starter in the 133-pound weight class.
“It was a really fun experience,” Farro said. “The past two years I wasn’t really able to get into the lineup. I was behind a couple of All-Americans my freshman year, and a lot of stuff didn’t really go my way sophomore year, so it was really awesome for me and my family to be able to be the starter and go in at every match and tournament to compete for Lehigh.”
After earning the starting spot, Farro completed his 2019-2020 season posting 15 wins and eight losses.
Last season, Farro finished as the runner up at the EIWA Championships with key victories over wrestlers from Army and Binghamton. Farro said that tournament was the most fun he’s ever wrestled in.
“It was probably one of the best performances I have ever had,” Farro said. “It was just so cool being at home, being in (Stabler Arena), and there was just something special about it that I never really had before. I knew I had to show up and wrestle my best.”
Junior wrestler Satoshi Abe said Farro wrestled really hard and kept a good pace throughout the tournament, ultimately filling in some big shoes from years past.
Farro feels he broke out at the final tournament and knows he can wrestle at that level all the time.
While Farro had a successful season last year, though, he knows there are things he can work on.
Farro said he looks to improve on the little things, do a better job with his weight and stay prepared for each match. The senior is looking to win the EIWA’s and become an All-American.
Members of the Lehigh wrestling team weren’t surprised to see Farro step up, noting his work ethic and intensity.
Junior wrestler Luke Resnick said Farro had prepared really well for the starting position.
“He’s super talented,” Resnick said. “I think everyone on the team recognizes that. He has molded into a great starting wrestler and has definitely become more dedicated and more disciplined in his new role. He really turned it on at the end of the year and showed up when it mattered.”
Resnick said Farro’s competitiveness is what makes him stand out. He said once the whistle blows in practice when you wrestle him, it’s like you are going to war.
“Even if you are having a down day, you have to be ready to wrestle Farro,” Resnick said. “He is super competitive. He wants to win, even if it is just playing around in practice. I think it brings a great mindset to practice and can really rub off on other people.”
Farro knows the importance of becoming a leader and developing the younger members on the team, particularly with technique. He said the team has been staying in close contact and will be ready if the season resumes.
Farro said he wants to become a high school wrestling coach after college and believes that his experience at Lehigh has given him great opportunities to prepare for a role like this in the future.