The first ever SUNY Mascot Madness came to a close yesterday with over 300,000 votes cast over the entire competition. In a race that was too close to call initially, Hugo the Hawk from New Paltz was declared the winner of the first SUNY Mascot Madness over Wolfie the Seawolf from Stony Brook. In a race to the finish, he met the library dean, cleaned the campus, and hung out with many students on campus.
We were able to catch up with Hugo and get his thoughts on the final round of the competition.
The first ever SUNY Mascot Madness tournament was truly a hard-fought battle. By all measures, the championship match could have been ruled a tie. The matchup had been close throughout the week, often with less than 200 votes separating the two teams.
The campaigning by both finalists was intense! All through the final week, we caught glimpses of Hugo around campus, hanging out with the students at New Paltz and doing some spring cleaning. Wolfie was no stranger to making public appearances as well, including marching (or rather dancing) in a local St. Patrick’s Day parade.
SUNY Mascot Madness is all about SUNY engagement; students, fans, alumni, and community members rally together to boost their favorite SUNY mascot up. But what’s the reasoning behind two hundred thousand votes cast in 2013?
As we approach the end of this year’s competition (which you still have some time to vote in if you haven’t already), we compiled the best mascot quotes from their profiles to explore the differences in personalities between the mascots. After all, who would have otherwise known that some North Country mascots have a longing to meet? Or how each of the 30 mascots joined their SUNY campus? Just like SUNY students, our mascots are diverse, energetic, and passionate!
As 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.
Welcome to the First Annual GenerationSUNY Mascot Madness – the Championship! This is a competition where YOU can decide who is the BEST SUNY mascot. We are excited to announce that this year’s contest includes 30 SUNY campuses representing 472 athletic teams and over 220,000 students!
Over our 64 campuses, SUNY has 80 NCAA Division I, 290 NCAA Division III, and 385 NJCAA athletics teams, not to mention teams in other athletics associations and club teams! Our mascots work so hard cheering on every SUNY student athlete – why not cheer them on?
We’ve interviewed each competing mascot to learn a little more about them… Where they are from, what their favorite school event is, even what their favorite foods are. You’ll learn what it is that make these dedicated supporters of SUNY athletic teams, students and alumni tick.
It’s the Championship Game!
This is it. In 28 games over 4 rounds, the SUNY mascots have racked up over 278,000 votes! Of that, Hugo the Hawk from New Paltz and Wolfie the Seawolf of Stony Brook took in a combined 44,000 votes.