Oh brother! 4 sets of siblings competing on Drexel Wrestling Team

"I think it creates a familiarity. It creates a closeness," said head coach Matt Azevedo.
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- If the Drexel University Wrestling Team seems like a close-knit family, well that's because a lot of them are.

The team features four sets of brothers.

"I think it creates a familiarity. It creates a closeness. We work hard to have a culture that's tight and close-knit, and I think having four sets of brothers reinforces that," said head coach Matt Azevedo.

"You don't see it as much in college, especially both going to the same school. They might both play sports in college, but not be on the same time. I think it's pretty rare and I think it's something unique we have here," said Gabe Onorato.

"Definitely four sets of brothers is a lot too. Maybe you'll see one or two, but we got four sets," said Riley Onorato.

"You can trust every single person in the room, but you always have that stronger connection with that one person," added Luke Nichter of his bond with his brother Tate.

Of course, sometimes that sibling rivalry rears its ugly head.

"Like usually people have that competitive spirit with their brothers, which we do all the time. If we're going out chasing girls, it's the same exact thing. If we're in the wrestling room, it's the same exact thing," Sean O'Malley said.

"It's stuff that's not wrestling. Anything that's not wrestling, we're really competitive," added Mickey O'Malley.

But in the end, it's always, family first.

"In my experience, with the brothers that I've worked with, they just become each other's biggest cheerleader," Azevedo said. "They're not competing against each other, they're not fighting with each other, they're just trying to build each other up as much as they can. And when you look on the sideline, it's obvious who the brother is."

"I get more nervous for his matches than I do my own," said Luke Nichter.

"I think I feel the same way, too," Tate Nichter said.

Sure is fitting they wrestle right here at Drexel University in the City of Brotherly Love.

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