New Rochelle’s Nick Barbaria worked his way through a deep field at 106 pounds on Monday to claim his second consecutive Division 1 section championship with a 6-3 decision over Byram Hills’ Jon Errico. After winning a title at the Eastern States Classic in January, Barbaria is now viewed as one of the favorites for a state title. If he can get it done, he’ll be a prime candidate for The Journal News Westchester/Putnam player of the year honors.
Weight class: 106 in D1
How many years have you been wrestling for? Four-year varsity.
Is this your first section title? No, I was the 2012 Section 1 champ at 99 lbs.
Describe what was going through your head when the referee raised your hand after the finals: Just four more wins…
What was the most difficult obstacle that you had to overcome this season? Eastern States.
What area do you feel that you’ve improved in the most over the course of the season? I feel I have most improved my grades in AP American this season.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of wrestling? My favorite thing to do outside of wrestling is… wrestling.
What is playing in your headphones while you get ready for a match? I don’t always listen to music, but if I do it’s Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.
Name one thing that’s interesting about you that people may not know about: People may not know that I showed the North Rockland guys how to properly rock a headband.
Photo by Frank Becerra, Jr./The Journal News