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nZone's Athlete of the Week is Uniondale's Berry

ANDRE BERRY

Uniondale

Grade: Senior

Sport: Wrestling

Highlights: Berry broke his ankle when another player landed on him during the third week of the football season and, after getting pins and a plate in his leg to correct the damage, was out of action for the next eight weeks. Berry returned to the mat in January, posting a 16-2 season record. At the Nassau County championships last weekend, he won the county title at 140 pounds, defeating Island Trees' Matt Eberlein, 19-7, in the finals. His peers voted him Champion of Champions and the coaches voted him Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Career at Uniondale: Berry, who plays linebacker and running back for the Knights' football team, finished second in the county as a junior, dropping an 8-1 decision to Plainedge's Rocky Cervini in the finals.

Future: Berry is being looked at by colleges for both football and wrestling but said he's leaning toward wrestling and has been eyeing Old Dominion and Delaware State, among others.

On returning from his injury to win the county title: "It was probably the best feeling I've ever felt in my life. It just shows that with hard work you can come back from anything."

On going to states: "I'm looking forward to the experience, just being in the arena and being under the lights, I've never been there. I'm gonna have fun and wrestle hard. Hopefully I can win."

On what's a better feeling: Scoring a breakaway touchdown or coming back and recording a last-second pin? "That's a tough question. I guess the last-second takedown because when you're losing and you come back it's a better feeling even than scoring a touchdown."

Favorites

Movie: Superbad

TV Show: American Idol

Pro Athlete: Michael Jordan

Pro team: Knicks

Musician: Drake

Animal: Lion

Subject: History

On the horizon: Berry and the rest of the Section VIII state qualifiers head to Albany's Pepsi Arena for the state championships this weekend. Berry will wrestle as the No. 6 seed at 140 pounds. A rematch is possible with Eberlein, who qualified as a wild card and will be seeded seventh.

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