Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Male Athlete of the Week: Nick Denora, Passaic Valley

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Male Athlete of the Week: Nick Denora, Passaic Valley

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The first thing Nick DeNora does each morning is reach for a notebook near his bed and scrawl these words: "2017 state champion Nick DeNora."

"It reminds me that I have to work hard every day," said the Passaic Valley senior. "My coach [Joe Benvenuti] suggested I do it. He says it's really powerful, so I just started doing it."

Reminded of his ultimate goal for the season, The Record Male Athlete of the Week has stayed laser-focused. He improved to 25-0 after going 3-0 en route to the county tournament 106-pound wrestling title last week.

The senior has assumed the mantle of leadership in an attempt to push his teammates. He didn't expect that it would make him push himself harder. "Everyone is always watching me, watching how hard I'm going," DeNora said. "If I slack off, everyone else is going to think it's all right to slack off."

DeNora took a different approach to this season. He said he "slacked off" before last season, so he rededicated himself to training, even if that meant going the extra mile on the dreaded treadmill. …

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