Audio Interview: Paul Mascarenas

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Paul Mascarenas

New Mexico's first Junior Nationals freestyle champion, Cleveland Storm Star Paul Mascarenas Commits to Chris Bono and the Jacks of South Dakota State University

Not many people were giving New Mexico's Paul Mascarenas much of a chance in the Junior Nationals freestyle finals.

After all, Mascarenas was facing a wrestler who stood one win from becoming the first two-time USA Wrestling Triple Crown winner in the Junior division.

But Mascarenas was undaunted.

Trailing 4-0 against Illinois standout Nkosi Moody of Illinois in the 106-pound finals, the New Mexico wrestler fought back to win the first period 5-4 before winning the second period 4-0 to notch the stunning victory on Saturday morning at the Fargo Dome.

Mascarenas became the first Junior Nationals freestyle champion from New Mexico.

Excerpt from Craig Sesker's story on 07-21-12