There was some anticipation leading up to Putnam Valley senior Angelo Zegarelli’s Division 2 160-pound finals match with Pleasantville’s Thomas Marrone, as both were coming off of tremendous regular seasons, but Zegarelli left little doubt with a pin to win his first section title. A finalist last season, Zegarelli was able to get over the hump this year and propel the Tigers to the first team title in their program’s short history. He’s one of four champs from this up-and-coming Put Valley squad, and he’s a sleeper pick to make some noise at states.
Here are Angelo’s thoughts on his championship season:
How did you get started with wrestling? My assistant coach/big brother threatened to beat me up if I didn’t.
What is it that you love about the sport? The competition and excitement of winning individually.
Describe what was going through your head when the referee raised your hand after the finals: Everything has finally paid off. I did it.
What was the most difficult obstacle that you had to overcome this season? Not eating chocolate chip cookies.
What area do you feel that you’ve improved in the most over the course of the season? Composure.
What are you like off of the mat? Lady killer.
What is playing in your headphones while you get ready for a match? I don’t listen to music before matches, just stay focused on what I need to do.
What is your favorite food? Anything edible.
Name one thing that’s interesting about you that people may not know about: I wear my singlet under my clothes 24/7.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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