It’s fitting that we start off our ‘Meet the Champs’ series with the Division 1 tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. Pearl River’s John Muldoon captured his first section title on Monday by defeating the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the state at 120 pounds, Ossining junior Alex Delacruz, with a 10-7 decision. Delacruz beat Muldoon in the section finals last year when Muldoon suffered a concussion in the match, which had to make this win over his rival that much sweeter. Looking ahead to states, Muldoon looks like one of the locals with the best chance of making some serious noise.
Weight class: 120 in D1
How many years have you been wrestling for? Five.
Is this your first section title? Yes
Describe what was going through your head when the referee raised your hand after the finals: I wanted to take it all in and enjoy the moment.
What was the most difficult obstacle that you had to overcome this season? Losing at the Shoreline.
What area do you feel that you’ve improved in the most over the course of the season? Riding people on top.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of wrestling? I really don’t do anything else besides wrestle, but I do enjoy working out.
What is playing in your headphones while you get ready for a match? 300 Violin Orchestra, The Adventure by Angels & Airways and Donald Trump by Mac Miller.
What is your favorite TV show? Burn Notice.
Name one thing that’s interesting about you that people may not know about: I would like to join the military.
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