Q-and-A with Vince Ambrose, Providence wrestling
January 27, 2013 10:50PM
Vince Ambrose, of Providence. l Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 1, 2013 6:37AM
Vince Ambrose, a Tinley Park native, finished second in the Catholic League Tournament at 220 pounds.
The senior excelled on the gridiron as a lineman and is a returning sectional champ on the mat.
Who is the best wrestler you’ve faced this season?
Mount Carmel’s David Denne. He’s probably the quickest kid in terms of speed. I like wrestling him; we’ve had some real good battles. He beat me in a tough match in the CCL finals, but I’m hoping to get back at him.
Super Bowl pick: 49ers or Ravens?
Ravens. They’re on that Ray Lewis hype, and I feel they’re going to have that emotional edge. The 49ers barely beat Atlanta, and with Baltimore’s offense and defense combined, I think they’re going to run away with it.
How important is that edge?
It’s really important. It’s hard to describe, but when you’re out there, you feel that adrenaline running through your body and it gives you a little extra something.
Can you pinpoint an emotional edge you’ve felt?
I’d say last year when I wrestled (Tom Howell) from Marist, and I ended up pulling out a big 3-2 victory. When I go into that dual, I go in with the mind-set that I’m not going to lose. Also, when our football team played Joliet Catholic on ESPN. It was a huge rivalry game and our home opener. We were the underdogs and we came in with an intense emotional edge to prove it was going to be a good year for the Celtics.
What’s your go-to move on the mat?
I go for throws; crowd-pleasers. I like to give the fans a show because wrestling is a boring sport. You have to make it exciting for the people willing to watch.
Dream prom date?
Mimi from “The Drew Carey Show.”
Favorite place to eat?
Golden Corral. I went there with all the Providence linemen. We did some damage.
As told to Logan Malloy