Meet the Champs: North Rockland’s Matt Caputo


North Rockland’s Matt Caputo has been to the state tournament before, but never as a section champ. He was able to win his way in on Monday, defeating rival Colby Kash of Clarkstown North in the 138-pound final with a 7-3 decision. Caputo had lost to Kash early in the season in OT, but he really turned it on in the second half, beating Kash in their final three meetings. Now that he has his title, Caputo is focused on placing at states in his third trip to Albany. He’s ready to have some fun with it, as you can probably tell from his responses:

Year: Junior

Weight class: 138 in D1

How many years have you been wrestling for? 11 years.

Is this your first section title? Yes.

Describe what was going through your head when the referee raised your hand after the finals: Wow that girl filling out the brackets is BAD!! (I’m pretty sure bad is a good thing)

What was the most difficult obstacle that you had to overcome this season? Dealing with crazy Jake DiMarsico in the room.

What area do you feel that you’ve improved in the most over the course of the season? Conditioning after Eastern States.

What are some of your favorite things to do outside of wrestling? Getting light, chopping down trees and training at JVH performance.

What is playing in your headphones while you get ready for a match? Rap, techno and Danza Kuduro.

What is your favorite TV show? Gangland.

Name one thing that’s interesting about you that people may not know about: I go to Mexico every year with Jake DiMarsico (AKA Jakey Fresh) and run with the bulls.

Photo by John Meore/The Journal News


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  1. maybe i’m wrong but isn’t the running of the bulls in spain ? ? what the heck are these kids getting into these days ?

  2. Leave the kid alone, hes worked his @$$ off… he deserves a little latitude. Let him and “jakey fresh” do what ever haha

  3. Pretty sure “getting light” means joking around. Lets not forget that at the center of this sport that everyone likes to fight about are mere children sacrificing and working and hurting like most adults never will.

  4. I really meant this kid is great haha he is really chill and very nice and getting light is not smoking or drinking so let this kid shine and let him live his life, don’t hate

  5. Matty Boi I hope you can stir up this much sh$t at States hahaha… could get lite get lit get loose get loud just don’t forget to get busy and bring that gold medal back to Rockland.
    This kids a panic, you gotta love him.

  6. These comments coupled with the one about wrestling going back to Roman times……kid needs to open a book every now and then.