Another exciting Mascot Madness tournament is complete and now we finally know who New York’s favorite college mascot is. Through tens of thousands of votes, the people have spoken, and this years winner is VICTOR E. KNIGHT! Through a hard-fought battle, SUNY Geneseo’s Victor E. Knight beat Stony Brook’s Wolfie Seawolf, and the numbers were close in this unbelievable final showdown.
The poll shows that the voting went 15,798 to 14,746, leading to an unbelievably tense 3% margin of victory for Victor.
But it was no easy victory! The two mascots were duking it out at the polls and on social media all month long.
It takes less than 2 minutes to vote 4 @thgeneseoknight. https://t.co/FCnjeOPVWd #Vote4Victor #oneKnight pic.twitter.com/dSCzcXvmLq
— Geneseo MCU (@GeneseoMCU) March 29, 2016
Vote for your favorite mascot @WolfieSeawolf in the FINAL round of #MascotMadness! https://t.co/zivQWqv3U3 https://t.co/gSz8kEeTCK
— StonyBrookAthletics (@SBAthletics) March 29, 2016
Our two finalists were busy competing in the Mascot Madness finals and rooting their athletics programs through playoff success in March. First, Stony Brook men’s basketball won their first America East conference championship and trip to the NCAA tournament. Then, SUNY Geneseo men’s hockey made their second run in three years to the NCAA Division III hockey Frozen Four in Lake Placid. Both great accomplishments and fitting ends to great seasons.
As a whole, this was a great year for Mascot Madness, and all our participants fought hard to show off their school pride. We learned some interesting facts about our mascots through their interviews and we saw our campus communities rally behind their representatives in great, creative ways. Throughout the competition, the levels of campus and community engagement we saw for all participating campuses was awesome. Nearly 100,000 unique votes were cast throughout the tournament.
We saw students, alumni, and communities come together in great showings of pride for our SUNY campuses across New York and the nation. And at the end of the day, that’s exactly what these mascots signed up for when they took the job… To shout and share the greatness of public higher education in New York. Thank you Mascots, for doing what you do. Go SUNY!
Below you can see some of the creative efforts these two finalists, and our other competitors, put out in their effort to be SUNY’s #1 mascot!
Victor E. Knight
Vote for the Geneseo Knight now! https://t.co/aVxg29r0U8 #geneseo2020 @SUNYGeneseo pic.twitter.com/YD2sIP0L41
— Victor E. Knight (@thgeneseoknight) March 22, 2016
OH NO! Columbia-Greene’s mascot “Rip” has come out of nowhere and is about to overtake Victor E. Knight in the Mascot…
Posted by SUNY Geneseo on Friday, March 25, 2016
Thanks @GeneseoMCU for hosting the arm wrestling tourney @SUNYGeneseo #hottestunioninamerica @CombatArmsports pic.twitter.com/G9CmmVgUZQ
— Victor E. Knight (@thgeneseoknight) February 28, 2015
Help us take @WolfieSeawolf to the #MascotMadness finals! Cast your vote here: https://t.co/HReoO8qV7E pic.twitter.com/4NA5JjtR9E
— Stony Brook Alumni (@stonybrookalum) March 25, 2016
Vote for me, and then put in that first email address you made when you were 9 but can’t find a use for now.
— WolfieSeawolf (@WolfieSeawolf) March 25, 2016
Vote for the best Mascot in NEW YORK https://t.co/hSXyvpiN6h #Howl #beLIeve pic.twitter.com/b6V18ewHWP
— Stony Brook Football (@StonyBrookFB) March 10, 2016
We’d like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s competition, from mascots to fans. You can recap the entire tournament, round by round, via the links below:
Round 1– Starting with 39 teams, round 1 kicked off the competition.
Round 2– After some upsets the field was narrowed down to just 16 mascots
Round 3– Just the Elite 8 left in the fight
Final Four– The finals were set as Victor E Knight and Wolfie the Seawolf narrowly defeated their opponents
Finals– In the exciting final round voting went until the very last minute!
Now is the time for action, my fellow Americans & Australians. #MascotMadness https://t.co/EppbD2YHwG pic.twitter.com/zVME5f3oOw
— Roody Roo (@RoodyfromCanton) March 22, 2016
Excatly 1 hour left of round 3 of mascot madness The polls couldn’t be closer. Keep voting! https://t.co/ScGwbnZln7 pic.twitter.com/SzIInF3j4p
— SUNY Columbia-Greene (@ColGreeneCC) March 22, 2016
Vote for Ram-bo in SUNY’s Mascot Madness! https://t.co/zdfqBRfRFl @SUNY #MascotMadness pic.twitter.com/imEsQP0Kmt
— FarmingdaleState (@FarmingdaleSC) March 16, 2016
We won both rounds, help us win Round 3! Vote for Stitch in @SUNY‘s #MascotMadness! https://t.co/DRFFg6LmiL pic.twitter.com/CYrhxQFL6E
— FIT (@FIT) March 18, 2016
Vote for Red in Round 2 of SUNY #MascotMadness! https://t.co/iLyRAiFaAl pic.twitter.com/SfHO5LeyS6
— SUNY Oneonta (@SUNY_Oneonta) March 14, 2016
Baxter has 60% of the #MascotMadness vote, but he needs your help to stay on top! VOTE NOW: https://t.co/wa368D6Nwc pic.twitter.com/CKO2Qs9VYs
— BinghamtonUniversity (@binghamtonu) March 10, 2016
https://t.co/0ayjVxULwJ A vote for Oakie is a vote for all that is right in the world. #MascotMadness pic.twitter.com/UdxbeRd465
— Oakie Acorn (@ESFOakie) March 15, 2016
Show your love for Burghy. Go to @SUNY #MascotMadness (http://t.co/PANfcxkcGt) and vote. #PlattsLife #Plattsburgh pic.twitter.com/JmFNKdos3l
— SUNY Plattsburgh (@PlattsburghNews) March 11, 2014
Vote for Damien the Great Dane against Stony Brook’s Wolfie in @SUNY #MascotMadness Round 2! https://t.co/9Ais4dIBpN pic.twitter.com/afhwQjXYQV
— University at Albany (@ualbany) March 17, 2016
Help vote the Viking as NY’s favorite mascot in @SUNY #MascotMadness! Vote here: http://t.co/g4akNiHBWu https://t.co/PPZMzJuGHM
— HVCC (@HudsonValleyCC) March 16, 2015
Mascot Madness is back! Round 1 starts today. Vote for Hugo here: https://t.co/cNwDySA3Ln #feelthebird #voteforhugo pic.twitter.com/ccxxTe9oDS
— SUNY New Paltz (@newpaltz) March 8, 2016
Who knew Finn from Suffolk CC was cousins with Mark Cuban from Shark Tank! https://t.co/1vZ7QWCh18 #MascotMadness pic.twitter.com/C6aArTeadI
— State U of New York (@SUNY) March 13, 2016
I am so #PotsdamProud! I’d like to thank my #fans at @sunypotsdam1816 for voting for me! #thankyou #proudtobeabear pic.twitter.com/dJdrclLsMf
— Max C Bear (@MaxCBear) March 11, 2016
The promo for my movie “Roody v Wolfie” #IamBatman #voteroody #MascotMadness @rooathletics https://t.co/kbK1gGCKSS pic.twitter.com/RYlXtiylqg
— Roody Roo (@RoodyfromCanton) March 24, 2016