It's a big weekend of travel for two contingents of Beat the Streets wrestlers. The boys team is in Virginia Beach, VA for the National High School Coaches Association Nationals and the girls team is in Oklahoma City, OK for the USA Wrestling Girls Folkstyle Nationals.
Competition began today for the 17 boys in Virginia while the 15 girls begin tomorrow.
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Sara Andresen in the finals of the 2013 Mayor's Cup.
The Freestyle and Greco-Roman seasons took off last weekend at the 2014 Mohawk Valley International Wrestling Festival in upstate New York. Beat the Streets Head Girls Coach Jacque Davis accompanied a contingent of 28 female Beat the Streets student-athletes as they made the trip on March 15th to compete in the Female High School Division. Over 300 male and female wrestlers competed in the three-day tournament, which took place at Canastota High School.
On March 1st, Eagle Academy’s Nathanael Rose became the second-ever PSAL New York State title winner with his victory over Lane Frost (Verona, NY) in the 195-pound Division II Championship Finals.
Results have been posted for the 2014 Kids New York State Championships, which drew to a close this past Sunday at Bayshore High School in Long Island.
Due to construction issues at the school, the Poly Prep neighborhood training center practices are cancelled today and Thursday, 3/11 and 3/13.
Eagle Academy's Nathanael Rose (Jr.) won the 195-pound Division 2 State Championship on Saturday in Albany. New Utrecht's Saidyokub Kakhramonov (Sr.) was a Division 1 finalist at 132 lbs. Winning his second Division 1 state title was Rich Sisti (Sr.) of Monsignor Farrell at 220 lbs. Rose's teammate Miguel Perez (Jr.) took 5th at 220 lbs. in Division 2.
On the strength of Rose and Perez, Eagle Academy placed 11th as a team in Division 2, the highest-ever placing for a PSAL team in either division, besting Brooklyn International's 12th-place finish in 2012.
The number 1 seed coming into the tournament, Rose rattled off four impressive victories to capture the second-ever PSAL crown, following RKA's Adis Radoncic's title last year. Rose, a junior, has a chance to become the PSAL's first two-time state champion next year. He was one match away from the podium last year.
Following up his 6th-place finish at states last year, Kakhramonov summoned the strength for two last-second victories en route to the finals where he was unable to pull off another herioc ending. He pulled the third-seed into a 5-point lat drop in the final 10 seconds to come from behind and win 10-6 in the quarterfinals and then dropped a granby roll into a reversal off of a restart with :10 on the clock to win 2-1 in the semis.
Sisti is the second-ever NYC wrestler to win two state titles, following Fordham Prep's Andrew Lenzi who was a three-time finalist and won titles as a sophomore in 2008 and as a senior in 2010. Lenzi now competes for the University of Pennsylvania.
Earl Gardner - 1989, Stuyvesant
Cheick NDiaye - 2012, Brooklyn International
Keanu Thompson - 2013, Grand Street
* Adis Radoncic - 2013, RKA
Saidyokub Kakhramonov - 2014, New Utrecht
* Nathanael Rose - 2014, Eagle Academy
* Denotes State Champion