Humans of Harker: Danny Reidenbach stays calm to get in the zone


Michael Sikand

When asked for the most important piece of advice he has ever received, Danny replied with a something he has followed his whole life: “Live life to how you want to, not to other people’s set rules,” Danny Reidenbach (12) said.

by Michael Sikand, Social Media Editor

While his football teammates yell and jostle each other to energize before the game, Danny Reidenbach (12) prefers to stand quietly off to the side, focusing inward.

“I stay more quiet, I’m not into all the yelling, screaming and hype before a big game,” Danny said. “I just want to be quiet so I can do my thing when the game starts. I want to go in for the win.”

Whether it be before a varsity wrestling match or football game, Danny motivates himself by thinking about his personal pride and commitment to the team.

“I stay in quiet, I think about what I have to do,” he said. “Staying calm and collected gets me in [the zone]. I am motivated because I want myself to be able to do good, I don’t want to make a fool of myself. Teams are a big part of my motivation, but motivation for me is going out there and doing what I practiced and doing what I want to.”

Danny has been an athlete all of his life, but his love of competitiveness drew him particularly to wrestling.

“I played basketball, baseball and football through much of my childhood, but it wasn’t until middle school I stuck with wrestling,” he said. I think it’s really one of the most competitive sports, because nowhere else is it one versus one, your strength, your mental capacity, versus someone else, it is the ultimate test of strength and power.”

Dolan Dworak (11), one of Danny’s wrestling teammates, believes that Danny’s contributions to the program transcend his individual skills.

“Danny never gives up on the team. Doesn’t matter whether we are down a dozen or winning by a dozen, he keeps the team together,” Dolan said. “Plus nobody look as tight as Danny.”

Danny’s athletic success hasn’t come without his share of struggle. He suffered three concussions in his sophomore year on the field and on the wrestling mat.

“My first concussion happened after summer, I had a wrestling camp,” Danny said. “The second one happened during a game, helmet to helmet hits, [I] felt dizzy and I couldn’t remember. That took me out of school for two weeks. I missed a lot of my sophomore year on concussions. Being able to bounce back from that, and come back even better, I am really proud of that.”

Besides his athletic achievements, Danny brings a willingness to express his individuality to the school environment.

“I pride myself in being who I am, I am not going to change for something, I am doing what I like to do now and I will continue to do that later,” Danny said. “I 100% speak my mind at all times of the day.”