Meet the Champs: Pleasantville’s Stephen Paternostro


Perhaps the strongest sectional performance from a local wrestler in either division came from Pleasantville’s Stephen Paternostro. The Panthers’ 126-pounder upset two-time state qualifier Joe Dillon with a 6-5 decision in the semis before pulling off the nastiest pin of the weekend with a 15-second fall against top-seeded AJ Mirabal of Putnam Valley in the finals. Paternostro may have been overlooked a bit heading into last weekend, but the D2 tourney’s Most Outstanding Wrestler surely won’t be moving forward.

Year: Junior

Weight class: 126 in D2

Is this your first section title? This is my first section title.

Describe what was going through your head when the referee raised your hand after the finals: I was in shock that the match ended so quickly.

What was the most difficult obstacle that you had to overcome this season? Recovering from an early season shoulder injury and winning the sectionals by beating the second and first seeds.

What area do you feel that you’ve improved in the most over the course of the season? My confidence and my shots from my feet.

What are some of your favorite things to do outside of wrestling? Hanging out with friends.

What is playing in your headphones while you get ready for a match? I usually do not listen to headphones before I wrestle.

What is your favorite TV show? Breaking Bad.

Name one thing that’s interesting about you that people may not know about: My parents own two frozen yogurt shops.

Photo by Seth Harrison/The Journal News


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