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If we were to give out an award for most improved wrestler, Tappan Zee’s John Hartnett would be one of the leading candidates. The Dutchmen’s 220-pounder wasn’t someone who was looked at as a major section title contender entering the season, but he forced his way into the conversation with big win after big win. After losing to his eventual finals opponent Trent Lofaro of Ossining at the Beacon tourney, Hartnett took advantage of another shot with a convincing 7-1 decision over Lofaro in the Division 1 finals. With both Hartnett and fellow junior Mike Manni (the section champ at 285) coming back next season, TZ is set up extremely well up top.
Weight class: 220 in D1
How many years have you been wrestling for? Five years.
Is this your first section title? Yes.
Describe what was going through your head when the referee raised your hand after the finals: I was really happy that I won and very grateful to coach (Peter) Dene and his friend Matt Hominic, who helped me out a lot. Also to Tim Coyne, who practiced with me whenever he could.
What was the most difficult obstacle that you had to overcome this season? Balancing sports and school.
What area do you feel that you’ve improved in the most over the course of the season? Strength.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of wrestling? Cross-country, spring track, watching Netflix and playing video games.
What is playing in your headphones while you get ready for a match? Last of the Mohicans soundtrack, and Irish jigs and reels.
What is your favorite TV show? Sons of Anarchy and Dragonball Z.
Name one thing that’s interesting about you that people may not know about: I have dyslexia and I could not read until I was in the fifth grade. Also, I have known Mike Manni, my good friend, teammate and wrestling partner, since we were toddlers. We have been wrestling partners since seventh grade.
After wins at the North Rockland, Irvington, and Pearl River tournaments, the latter of which he was named “Most Outstanding Wrestler,” and a 22-1 start to the season as of Jan. 6, Djekovic has been named the Journal News Rockland scholar-athlete of the week.
Djekovic suffered his only loss of the season at last week’s Shoreline Classic at New Rochelle to an all too familiar face.
Mamaroneck’s Ben Miller, the same guy who defeated Djekovic at the section tournament last year, defeated the Dutchman in a 6-3 decision.
“It was a good match,” Djekovic said of his rematch with Miller. “There was a lot of scrambling. I’ll just have to bounce back from it.”
The four-year varsity standout will have much to look forward this season, as he sits just seven wins shy of his elusive 100th varsity victory.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” he said. “I never pictured it happening — it should be exciting.”
A two-sport captain in both wrestling and football, Djekovic does what he can to be a positive role model for younger athletes.
Between coaching youth teams for both sports, and his work with the Heroes and Cool Kids Youth Program at Tappan Zee, Djekovic is also a member of Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse.
“I really support (those programs),” he said. “I enjoy (fighting) against drug abuse.”
Djekovic is also doing his part to set a good example in the classroom, carrying a 95.12 average despite a heavy course load that includes classes like AP Psychology and AP Spanish 5.With an acceptance to the University of Albany’s business program already in, Djekovic hopes more good news is on the way. As of Jan. 6, the senior has applied to Penn State, Rutgers, Fordham, Buffalo, and Binghamton, his top choice.
WAY TO GO TIM!! Nice win for 1st place against Irvington.
Nice job to all the boys for having the courage, strength and knowledge to get out there on the mat. Have a good day off from practice today boys, I'm sure coach will run you hard on Thursday.
Happy New Year.