Jack DiBurro certainly understands how some wrestlers get burned out.
The conditioning, the never-ending strength training, the nagging injuries, the weight loss — it all can become a grind and wear down even the most enthusiastic mat competitors.
“I’ve seen it in a lot of guys,” said DiBurro, a red-shirt senior at Roger Williams University. “It really hasn’t gotten to me.”
In fact, it’s quite the opposite with DiBurro, the former Central Catholic standout from Haverhill.
Even when he suffered a serious shoulder injury at the New England tournament his senior year at Central and needed surgery, DiBurro had no doubt that he’d wrestle in college. He recovered quickly enough to enjoy a fine freshman season at Roger Williams, compiling an 11-7 record with six pins at 149 pounds.
His next year, DiBurro tore the UCL in his elbow in the preseason and lost an entire year of wrestling. The prospect of having just three collegiate years of competition didn’t sit well with him.
“Right when I got hurt, I talked with my dad, and we decided it’d be worth it to wrestle (in a fifth year) if I picked up another major and became a double major,” said DiBurro, who added criminal justice to accounting. “I definitely wanted to keep wrestling.”
After a year off, eating more and lifting regularly to gain power, DiBurro moved up to 174 pounds and compiled a decent 15-10 record. Last year, with a season to get accustomed to the heavier weight class, he improved to 23-11, finishing with a team-leading 12 pins and just one round from being All-New England.
In his third year at 174, DiBurro was eagerly waiting for this year to begin. In the early going, it hasn’t gone as well as he’d like. Through last week, he was just 4-4 and hadn’t placed in two tournaments.