Meet the Champs: Ossining’s Alex Delacruz



You all know who Alex Delacruz is. The Ossining senior is the only defending state champ from Section 1, and he just became the all-time wins leader in program history. After a storybook junior season, this year has come with its pressures and ups-and-downs. Delacruz was humbled up at Eastern States, where he took two losses and finished fourth. But after beating Suffern’s Daiton Powell with a dramatic 4-2 decision in Sunday’s 126-pound Division 1 final, Delacruz has to be considered a threat to make another run at a state championship.

Here’s what Alex had to say:

How did you get started with wrestling? My dad wrestled in high school and introduced me at a young age.

What is it that you love about the sport? There’s no one put there to help; one-on-one combat.

Describe what was going through your head when the referee raised your hand after the finals: One step closer towards that state title.

What was the most difficult obstacle that you had to overcome this season? Bouncing back from those losses at Eastern States.

What area do you feel that you’ve improved in the most over the course of the season? Keeping my composure.

What are you like off of the mat? Outgoing.

What is playing in your headphones while you get ready for a match? Chief Keef — “3hunna”

What is your favorite food? Steak and eggs.

Name one thing that’s interesting about you that people may not know about: If I played basketball, I’d be the next LeBron.

CLICK HERE to watch video of Delacruz’s win in the finals

I’ll be running these “Meet the Champs” posts everyday leading up to states. I emailed all of the section champs that I had information, but if you didn’t receive one for some reason and would like to be included, please email me at

Photo by Ricky Flores/The Journal News


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  1. How far has Section 1 wrestling fortunes fallen when they don’t have 1 team, not 1 in the state stop 20 in either division I or II?????????????????????? That’s Incredible!!
    What’s happened? Teams such as Suffern and North Rockland lived in the top 15 or 20 for a couple decades, give or take a couple years. More recently Fox Lane, Mahopac, Somers have been regular visitors. Has it fallen that much?