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Mark Borak: Bow High Male Athlete of the Season

  • Winnisquam’s Gabrielle Isabelle, left, battles Bow’s Mark Borak during their 138 pound match Wednesday. GEOFF FORESTER


Friday, April 20, 2018

What was biggest challenge you or your team faced this season and how did you overcome it?

I believe that the biggest challenge we faced as a team was the challenge of quickly integrating our freshman wrestlers onto the Varsity squad from middle school wrestling. The jump between the two is very substantial, however with the help of the D3 Coach of the year, Brock Hoffman, a fantastic assistant coaching staff of Charlie Roberts and Steve Krause, as well as solid leadership from myself and Alex Boufford, we were able to quickly integrate them into the Varsity roster. Varsity Freshmen: Wyatt Rheinhardt (106), Colby Rousseau (113), Matthew Pingree (120), Andrew Bliss (138).

Who was the unsung hero of your team?

I believe that Jon Sutera, our 182 pounder, and a first year wrestler was our teams unsung hero. Coming in as a junior with no experience, he embraced the grind in the practice room all season, getting many dual-meet wins, and finishing second in our state tournament which helped propel us to D3 State Runner-Ups.

If you could improve high school wrestling in New Hampshire, what would you do?

If I could improve wrestling in New Hampshire in one way, it would most likely be to create some kind of state union or committee that would help encourage and sponsor towns willing to set up a youth program. Compared to other states, New Hampshire lacks interest in wrestling, in turn lessening the competition. If every town had a youth program in which wrestlers started learning and competing prior to high school, New Hampshire wrestling would be more exciting for sure.

Do I have any superstitions?

When it comes to wrestling, I do have a couple superstitions, but they are more components of my routine that I never change. On Thursday nights before Saturday tournaments, I make sure that I get a substantial amount of sleep because I know that on Friday night, I will not get a good night of sleep. In terms of nutrition, prior to any wrestling event I have several PB&J’s. Before dual meets I have two, and I will have SEVERAL throughout Saturday tournaments. This year in particular, I started an unorthodox routine prior to all of my matches. I brought a small foam roller to every single event, rolling out my body for approximately 10 minutes, 20 minutes before any match. For that last 10 minutes I would break a sweat and then stretch immediately before my match. If I did not do this before a match, I would most certainly feel off my game on the mat.

What are some unwritten rules of your sport?

There are definitely a couple unwritten rules in the sport of wrestling. Although it is not mandatory to shake the hands of the opponent’s coach after a tournament match, it is something everyone does, and it is very frowned upon if someone does not. Another two unwritten rules are not to make intentional contact with the eyes or the groin during a match. Although this is a written rule, I have seen some people make it look like an accident and get away with it. This is something you just don’t do.

If life were a video game, what would the cheat codes be?

If life were a video game the cheat codes would definitely be: eternal life, unlimited money, access to superpowers, and unlimited knowledge.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?

The king of hearts in a deck of playing cards is the only king without a mustache.

What’s invisible but wish people could see?

There is really nothing that is invisible that I wish people could see. I think we have it pretty good. However, compassion would be cool to see. That way you knew who really cared about you and who didn’t.

If you could go to school in a foreign country, which country would you pick and why?

I wouldn’t change, however a close second would most definitely be the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, education is treated with much more prestige. The profession as a teacher is valued much more, making it much harder to become a teacher, giving students only the most qualified professors.

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest?

If animals could talk, I believe that cats would be the rudest for sure. Cats have a snotty attitude that would only be amplified if they were given a voice.

What questions would you like to ask a time traveler from 200 years in the future?

I would definitely ask about the technological advancements that had been developed in the past two years. I would also ask if any major wars had happened and if there was any territorial change. Finally, I would ask how different groups of people get along.

If you were hired to show tourists what life is really like where you live, what would you show them / have them do?

I would show the tourists how many things there are to do outside in New Hampshire. I would bring them hiking, to the ocean, skiing, snowmobiling, and many other things that New Hampshire has to offer.

What is the craziest thing one of your teachers has done?

When I was in seventh grade, my history teacher had this rickety old fan used to cool down the room on a table with wheels. This fan was clearly about to break any day. One day, a student bumped into the table with wheels, and the fan fell on its side and completely broke. My history teacher, now filled with rage, stormed over to the fan, ripped the cord out of the wall and hurled the fan across the room, crashing into desks, chairs, cabinets and left a chip in his white board. After this, his eligibility for the job was evaluated and he ended up staying as the 7th grade history teacher.

What’s the best thing about being a teen? What’s the worst?

The best thing about being a teen is having less responsibilities, having much more free time than adults, and constant access to friendships that are hard to keep as an adult. The worst thing however, is not having much money to do the things I want to do or go to the places that you want to go and having considerable amounts of homework that is constantly new material to master.