Kayla Posyton '17
16 March 2017
The 2017 NJ Wrestling State Championships were held in Atlantic City over the March 3rd weekend. Student athletes wrestled in front of about 10,000 people packed into the Boardwalk Hall. PV's own Nick DeNora '17 placed 8th in the state making his coach and school incredibly proud.
“Nick DeNora is exactly what a coach dreams of,” said 15 year Head Coach Mr. Joe Benvenuti. "Nick has always done exactly what the coaches ask of him. He is a leader on the mat, in the classroom and in our community as well. I have been a head coach now for 15 seasons and I have never come across anyone that is more disciplined than Nick DeNora”.
The coach's words are an obvious honor, but Nick's achievement is extra special because he now joins the ranks of the 18 wrestlers to receive a state medal since Passaic Valley Wrestling started 55 years ago.
Nick started wrestling in second grade and is happy to say his wrestling career is not about to end with his graduation in June. Nick is being recruited by Sacred Heart and Rutgers University, both Division I schools.
Additionally, many Division III schools have shown interest in him. When asked about this season, Nick explained, “This season was hard but it was worth it in the end”.
Coach Benvenuti doesn’t seem nervous for Nick’s wrestling career in college. “Nick improved in every season, accomplishing more and more each year, showing tremendous growth and determination”.