Meet the Champs: Irvington’s Anthony DiNardo



It wasn’t the prettiest win that you’ll see, but since when do super heavyweights wrestle pretty matches? Irvington senior Anthony DiNardo developed a rivalry with Hastings’ Andreas Fell during the season, exchanging wins with his top competitor in Division 2, but it was the Bulldogs’ big man who came out on top when it counted. Three overtime periods weren’t enough to break a 1-1 tie, but DiNardo won it on the ultimate tiebreaker, clinching his first trip to Albany in his final season.

Here’s what Anthony had to say:

How did you get started with wrestling? Steve Aufiero, aka Stevey B, convinced me to give wrestling a shot freshman year.

What is it that you love about the sport? It’s just you out there on the mat.

Describe what was going through your head when the referee raised your hand after the finals: All the hard work and long days finally paid off.

What was the most difficult obstacle that you had to overcome this season? Making weight.

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

What are you like off of the mat? Very energetic.

What is playing in your headphones while you get ready for a match? Taylor Swift.

What is your favorite food? Pizza.

Name one thing that’s interesting about you that people may not know about: My figure skating partner is competing in Sochi.

CLICK HERE to watch video of DiNardo’s win in the final

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 John Meore/The Journal News


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