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Junior Captain Focused on Winning Section Title

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Mahopac’s Mike Muldoon takes down Graham Roediger in a 126-pound semifinal at the Somers tournament. Credits: Rob DiAntonio
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Mike Muldoon is a junior captain for Mahopac’s varsity wrestling team and competes at 126 pounds. He was all-section last season, placing fifth at 113 pounds.

How old were you when you first started wrestling and how did you get started?

When I first started wrestling I was in the fourth grade. I started wrestling because I wanted something to do in the winter. I fell in love with the sport and decided to commit all my time to it.

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What kind of expectations/goals does the Mahopac wrestling team have this season?

Our goals for this year are to win the league championship and to place first in the sectional tournament as a team.

What would you like to improve on from last season? What goals do you have for yourself for this season?

I trained hard in the off-season at my club Iowa Style and with my school coaches to improve my strength and technique. My goals for this year are to win the section championship and also win the state tournament.

As a captain, how do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a team leader?

I see myself as someone who sets examples on the mat. I value being a team leader very much and I want to do anything to set a good example.

What is your favorite team activity, pre-match or post-match ritual that you share with your teammates?

My favorite post-match activity has to be going out to get food and pigging out with the team after a meet or after a long tournament.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My biggest role models are my parents. My mom is one of the strongest people I know and she taught me to never give up and that nothing is too hard to overcome.  My dad has been at every one of my wrestling matches since I started and has had my back on every decision I made in the sport.  He is my biggest fan.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

One thing many people may not know about me is that my older cousin Kristin is more of a big sister to me and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her.

Do you plan on continuing to wrestle in college? If yes, have you committed yet, where are you going and why did you select that school? If not, which schools are you looking at?

I do plan on wrestling in college. I haven’t committed anywhere yet but I have looked at a few schools like Hofstra and Springfield.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

I’m not positive about what I want to study, but I have put a lot of thought into special education as a possibility.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

My favorite professional athlete is either Chris Weidman or Conor McGregor — both UFC fighters — and my favorite sports team is definitely the New York Jets.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a match?

My favorite type of music to listen to before a match is mainly rap.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why? 

I would love to be able to fly because then I would never have to worry about traffic or gas money.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

Going to California would be awesome because I would like to visit all of the big cities and beaches.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a match?

My favorite food after a match is probably a bacon cheeseburger and a milkshake from Bliss.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

The best place to eat in Mahopac is definitely Bliss because they have so many choices of food and it’s all so good.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Twitter, because it’s a fast, easy way to connect with my friends.

For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the wrestling program and why should they go out for the team?

Being a part of the wrestling team has been amazing and I’ve made a lot friends, and even met some of my closest friends through wrestling. Anyone who wants to go out for the team should totally do it because it’s really fun and keeps you in great shape.

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