One of the most unpredictable weight classes in either divisions this year was the 99-pound class in Division 2. You had a defending champ in Putnam Valley’s Mikey Bruno and a former champ in Pleasantville’s James Bathon. And with Pearl River Thrown into the D2 mix this year, Sean McGarvey made the weight class that much deeper. He was the runner-up in D1 last year, but how he would fare against two accomplished D2 wrestlers remained to be seen. McGarvey didn’t get a chance to wrestle either Bruno or Bathon during the regular season, but he got both of them in one day at sectionals. What he did on the mat left little doubt about who was the most deserving champion, as McGarvey majored both of them in back-to-back matches to claim his first title. A deserving MOW candidate, for sure, but I’m sure he’s okay with that honor going to teammate James Kelly.
Hear’s more from Sean:
Weight Class: 99 in D2
How did you get started with wrestling? My dad brought my brother and I over to coach (John) Laurenzi’s kids club.
What is it that you love about the sport? The feeling that you get after all the training and sacrifices you make to just get your hand raised… that is what I LOVE!!
What is the most challenging part about it? Trying to get everything done throughout the day (ex: school, practive, homework, workout, practice again and run).
What have been some of the keys to your success this season? I began to grow and put on weight. The previous two years, I was way under 99 pounds.
How would you describe yourself on the mat? Aggressive, moving forward and trying to score.
And off it? I’m easy-going, laid back and like to relax.
What is your favorite Sports Team? Unfortunately, the Mets.
Favorite Movie? Old School and most Superhero movies.
Favorite Food? Honey BBQ Chicken Wings.