It was a much different looking Nanuet team this season compared to the dynasty of the past few years, but one constant was Joe Dillon. The senior was one of only a few Golden Knights who entered this season with ample varsity experience, and he stepped into a leadership role to help Nanuet continue its success. On an individual level, Dillon stepped up his game this season, becoming arguably the top pound-for-pound Section 1 wrestler in Division 2. He made his way through what many considered the deepest weight class at sectionals with relative ease, majoring Croton-Harmon’s Andrew Barsuch in the 120-pound final to earn MOW honors and his second career title.
Here are the responses that I received from Joe:
How did you get started with wrestling? I started going to Nanuet’s youth wrestling club around second grade when it was run by Clarkstown South coach (Brendan) Rogers. I wanted to go because my brother and all his friends went. I actually tried to quit after a year or two, but my dad convinced me to stick with it.
What is it that you love about the sport? Hard practices, tournaments that last all day, cutting weight, having no social life for three months and skin diseases.
Describe what was going through your head when the referee raised your hand after the finals: I was relieved I was a section champ again, after coming up short the past two years.
What was the most difficult obstacle that you had to overcome this season? Maintaining my weight throughout the second half of the season, as well as being a captain and trying to control my crazy team.
What area do you feel that you’ve improved in the most over the course of the season? Condition or match preparation.
What are you like off of the mat? Around my friends I’m weird and like to joke around a lot, but around strangers I’m pretty quiet and shy.
What is playing in your headphones while you get ready for a match? I don’t think I’ve ever listened to music before a match. I don’t know why, I’ve just never done it.
What is your favorite food? My mom’s chicken pot pie! After wrestling season she always make me my own personal dish of it.
Name one thing that’s interesting about you that people may not know about: I ran cross country since freshman year and have played baseball since I was 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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