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Holmdel Youth Athletic Association (HYAA)
May 14, 2018

HYAA Names Scott Dupont Scholarship Recipient

By Les Pierce

Holmdel Youth Athletic Association (HYAA)

From left to right: HYAA Coach Anthony Paulino, HYAA Vice President Orlando Reyes, Scott Dupont Sr., Scott Dupont Jr., Dana Dupont, HYAA President Jim Ilvento and HYAA Commissioner Michael Cleary.

The Holmdel Youth Athletic Association (HYAA) has named Holmdel HS senior wrestler Scott Dupont as their 2018 scholarship recipient.  The scholarship and a plaque were presented by HYAA President Jim Ilvento on April 12 at a ceremony held at Indian Hill School.

By multiple measures Scott is considered the most successful wrestler ever to come through the Holmdel High School program.  This past winter Dupont broke the school record for most wins on a season at 42 and all-time career wins with 143.  He also placed sixth statewide in his weight class, the greatest level achieved by any Holmdel wrestler.  Scott was competing for fifth place in the state tournament when he suffered a broken wrist during the match versus Paulsboro’s George Worthy that resulted in a medical forfeit.

Dupont’s resume includes District 20 championships in both his junior and senior years and a medalist in his sophomore year.  He medaled twice in Region 6 and captured the Holmdel Holiday Tournament title three consecutive years.  He is also a past champion and three-time medal winner in the annual Ewing Tournament.  Most recently he was named “Wrestler of the Year” by Shoreconferecewrestling.com.  He plans to continue his wrestling career at NYU.

Scott got his first taste of the sport with the HYAA wrestling program.  According to the Hornet senior, it was here he learned and honed the skills that helped him succeed later during his high school career on the mat.

HYAA President Jim Ilvento stated of Dupont, “Scott was always a hard worker, with tremendous mat presence and a pleasure to coach.  A natural leader he constantly placed his team ahead of his individual goals.  He will continue his wrestling career at NYU and will not only be remembered for his wrestling accomplishments, but as a mentor to all the Holmdel wrestlers following in his footsteps.”

HYAA Commissioner Michael Cleary added, “Scott DuPont is a true champion on and off the mat.  A positive example to the young athletes of HYAA Wrestling. Always willing to give back to the youth program through instruction, leadership, and encouragement.”