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Peter Terrezza Senior Profile
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Release: 01/16/2013
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DURHAM, N.C. -  The Duke wrestling team travels to Lexington, Va., to compete against VMI Saturday, January 19.  The match begins at 7 p.m.  Recently, sat down with senior Peter Terrezza to learn more about the New Providence, N.J., native. What has been your proudest moment at Duke?
Peter Terrezza:
I don't know if I have one single proudest moment, but when I wrestle well and my team wrestles well I feel proud to be a part of Duke wrestling. Another thing is when we have a really hard practice and everybody fights through it and keeps working tough that is a proud moment for me and for the team. What is the most misunderstood thing about wrestling?
I would say when most people that don't know wrestling view wrestling, to them it kind of just looks like people rolling around. I don't think most people realize that every single position and every single move is practiced over and over and the muscle memory is built in. What's been your favorite class at Duke?
I took two Japanese history classes that were both really, really interesting just because I had never learned about Japan before and their culture is completely different than ours. What's been your most challenging class?
I took a graduate level Italian class. I was one of two undergrads in it and the rest were grad students directly from Italy. As a non-native Italian speaker, most of the time I had trouble keeping up. I did most of the readings in English and struggled to keep up with the conversations. Talk about the first time you started wrestling.
I started wrestling in seventh grade and the summer before I had planned to wrestle. I got the idea, maybe I will go to a wrestling tournament. It seemed like a good idea because I could get some experience with the sport. I showed up in shorts and a t-shirt, my dad and grandma were with me. I knew nothing about wrestling and got pinned pretty easily in my first two matches. We traveled pretty far to get there. Not only was I out of place, because I didn't have a singlet, but I had no idea what I was doing and got pinned. For some reason I kept wrestling. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? What do you want to be now?
I went through a few phases. At one point I wanted to be a paleontologist, because I liked dinosaurs. At another period in my life I wanted to be a cowboy. Those were the main two things as a child. I am actually between three practice areas, looking for a job currently. One of my interests is management consulting, you have the variety and challenge there. Another one of my interests is sales and trading, I am really interested in the markets. My third interest is technology space, I have always been into technology. Who's been the biggest influence on your life?
My assistant wrestling coach in high school. He worked out with me every single day. He used to take me out to eat. Throughout high school, he was what I aspired to be like. He was hard working, no nonsense, but knew when was appropriate to have a good time. He just made everything in life really simple. If you needed to get better at wrestling, there were simple steps to do that. That was something I really learned from him. Do you have any hidden talents?
I am pretty good at video games. I know how to build computers. I have built several computers for myself and have built some for my friends. I am a pretty mean chess player. I am good at board games. If you weren't wrestling, would there be another sport that you would play?
There definitely would be. I played all types of sports growing up, and it wasn't until after my sophomore year in high school that I committed to wrestling and made that the only thing I wanted to do. Soccer is up there, I also played football in high school, ran track, played baseball in middle school. I would definitely play another sport, it would probably be soccer.