MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Mahopac High wrestling coach Steve Tornambe, parents Frank and Aida, Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo, and Athletic Director Frank Miele honored senior team captain Tyler Roa’s 100th career win in a brief ceremony prior to the Thursday, Dec. 19 match vs. Fox Lane. Roa earned the milestone victory at the recent Yorktown dual meet tournament, and stands at 18-0 this season, and 104-39 for his four-year varsity career.
“His poise really stands out, and he has great skills and leadership qualities. He’s the total package,” Tornambe said of Roa. “He finds ways to win.”
You just won your 100th career match at Mahopac. What does that milestone mean to you?
Winning my 100th career match was a huge accomplishment for me. I remember my freshman year I watched Mike Muldoon win his 100th career match at the same exact tournament I did, and from that moment on I knew I wanted to reach that goal.
What is your favorite thing about being on the Mahopac wrestling team?
My favorite thing is how much you learn to appreciate food and water. There have been many times where I’ve had to drop 4-5 pounds in a day to make weight.
What are your individual and team goals for the season?
The team goal this year is to place high at the sectional tournament. Individually, I would like to win sectionals and place at states.
How old were you when you started wrestling and what got you started?
I started wrestling in second grade when I got a flyer from the youth wrestling team at Austin Road Elementary. My dad would tell me stories about how he wrestled when he was younger, so I wanted to give it a try.
What is something about being a wrestler that people might not know?
It is as mentally demanding as it is physically. Nothing will make you more exhausted than wrestling for 6 minutes straight.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model over the years has to be my dad. He has taught me that nothing in life is handed to you and that the hardest working people are the ones that succeed the most.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what are you planning on studying and why?
In college I want to study sports management because my whole life I’ve played sports and I would love to do something to stay involved with them.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a match?
I always listen to Roddy Ricch or Lil Tjay.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability of super strength, like the Hulk.
What is something about yourself people would be surprised to learn?
I am the youngest child of five with four older sisters.
What is your favorite place to visit on vacation and why?
Clearwater Beach in Florida. I love the warm weather and to go jet skiing.
What is your favorite place to eat locally?
It has to be either Bliss or Mike & Joe’s.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
TikTok. I could sit on my phone watching videos for hours.
For a young athlete growing up in the Mahopac school district, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the wrestling team and why should they go out for the team?
I would tell someone that being part of the wrestling team is something that you will remember forever. You learn so many life lessons from the sport that others will not teach you. I would also tell them to not only try wrestling but to try as many sports as possible because you only have four years to enjoy high school and before you know it’ll all be over.