It wasn’t quite clear who the favorite would be at 170 pounds in Division 1 to begin the season, but as the season progressed, it became apparent who the leader of the pack was. John Jay-EF’s Brett Perry made some major strides from last season to claim front-runner status this season, and he finished the job with a 6-2 decision over Sleepy Hollow’s Adam Hofling in the finals on Monday. Perry joins teammate Dale White (160) as two Patriots that will be heading to Albany.
Weight class: 170 in D1
How many years have you been wrestling for? Five years.
Is this your first section title? Yes.
Describe what was going through your head when the referee raised your hand after the finals: My hard work has paid off and it feels great to have accomplished one of my goals.
What was the most difficult obstacle that you had to overcome this season? My teammate Dale White and I have been practice partners for the past two seasons, so it was difficult to break my routine and not have him to wrestle with. However, my teammate Luke Minasi helped pushed me in practice.
What area do you feel that you’ve improved in the most over the course of the season? On my feet, both defensively and offensively.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of wrestling? Play lacrosse, hangout with my friends and play Fifa.
What is playing in your headphones while you get ready for a match? I don’t usually listen to music before my matches.
What is your favorite TV show? Shameless, House of Lies and The Walking Dead.
Name one thing that’s interesting about you that people may not know about: That one of my coaches is my brother and I’m the third one in my family to win a section title.
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