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Mascot Madness Finalists Show Grit and Humility During Final Round of Competition

SUNY Mascot Madness - New Paltz Hawks vs Stony Brook SeawolvesAs Mascot Madness winds down, we wanted to take the opportunity to check in with our mascots and see how they feel during this last round of competition. Hugo the Hawk from New Paltz and Wolfie the Seawolf from Stony Brook took some time out of their busy schedules and answered a few questions for our dedicated Mascot Madness followers.

This is a nerve-racking time for these seasoned professionals. Hugo and Wolfie have been keeping busy cheering on their teams, and they are used to highly competitive games. But, they have been running neck and neck throughout this round. Over the life of the competition, these mascots have racked up a combined 44,000 votes in the first four rounds. It’s not too late to late to learn more about them and vote for your favorite. You can vote in the Championship Round through Thursday, April 4 at 12:00 PM.

Read on to find out their thoughts on the competition to this point.

Hugo the Hawk from New Paltz at work at the gameNow that you’ve made it to this point, what is your favorite memory of the competition?

“My favorite memory to this point is the last second defeat of SUNY Cortland’s Blaze. I feel that that victory really sparked the momentum that brought me all the way to the finals. It’s always great to beat one of my school’s biggest rivals too. But overall the amount of votes I have received throughout the tournament let me know how truly appreciated I am here at New Paltz and inspires me to be the best mascot I can be for all my fans and teams! I also feel that this contest has united New Paltz students, faculty, staff and alumni and has raised campus morale, which is something I’m very proud of.”

Who would you like to thank for their support or inspiration?

“I would like to thank all my loyal New Paltz Hawk fans for their support. They have been great to me through the years, and this contest has shown how much they love me and how much they care.”

Wolfie the Seawolf from Stony Brook, at work at the gameNow that you’ve made it to this point, what is your favorite memory of the competition?

“My favorite part has seeing the campus community and our great Seawolves fans rally together to vote and help me advance each round! They have truly showcased their Stony Brook pride!”

Who would you like to thank for their support or inspiration?

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to help encourage fans to vote for me during the contest. I am inspired everyday by all of the wonderful individuals who are a part of our Seawolves family! Your support makes me proud to represent this fantastic University.”

      Written by Emily Schwartz

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