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Jake Pawlowski

The second weekend of the college wrestling season saw NYC grapplers continue to excel on the mats. 

Starting in Division 1 dual competition, Kevin Hartnett (Monsignor Farrell) made his season debut for Bloomsburg helping the Huskies to a dual meet victory over Campbell with an 8-3 victory at 174 pounds.

In Division III duals, Wilkes University hosted the John Reese Duals and NYC was represented by Francisco DeCristo (Springfield Gardens), who went 1-1 at 197 lbs competing for Cortland, and by Jake Pawlowski (at left, Midwood) and Chris Amro (Brooklyn Tech), competing for NYU. Pawlowski went 3-0 on the day at 184 lbs leading NYU to three dual meet victories.

In the NCWA, SUNY Westchester and SUNY Stony Brook each competed for the first time and were coached by former NYC coaches, Alex Yntriago and Shaun Lally, respectively.  The teams competed against each other in a tri-meet with New Haven.  Justin James (Wingate) went 1-1 on the day helping Westchester to a 2-0 dual meet record, and Brooklyn Tech alum Andreas Kokkoros represented Stony Brook and picked up 2 forfeits, helping his team to a 1-1 record.

In Tournament action, Danny Franco (Petrides) went 3-2 for Johnson & Wales at the Roger Williams Invitiational.  Xavier Thomas and Trevor Alston, both graduates of Eagle Academy, competed for Brockport at the Brockport Oklahoma Gold Tournament. Thomas went 2-2 and picked up a fall over his opponent from American University.  Also at Brockport, Cristian Masaya (Brooklyn Tech) made his debut for American University, dropping two close matches at 157 pounds. Connor Hanafee (Monsignor Farrell) went 2-2 at 141 pounds for Army.

Andrew Murano
Andrew Murano

The Ursinus Fall Brawl saw NYC alums representing five different schools.  Edwin Uruchima (Robert Wagner) went 1-2 for Alfred State at 125 pounds.  For Franklin & Marshall, Andrew Murano (Xavier) and Ekow Eshun (Long Island City) competed. Murano picked up four victories on his way to 3rd place at 149 pounds. Matthew Suchow (NYC Lab), Monil Shah (Stuyvesant), Brady Kwong (Brooklyn Tech), Jesse Capello-Colon (Midwood), Curtis Bernadeau (Canarsie), and Patryk Kopczynski (Brooklyn Tech) also competed. Suchow and Kopczynski each won a match and Capello-Colon went 3-1 on the day before he was injured.  At 197 pounds, three New York City Wrestlers were entered. Christian Psomas (Monsignor Farrell) beat both Kopczynski and McZiggy Richards (Wingate, St Benedicts) on his way to a 5-1 record and 3rd place. Richards went 2-2 on the day also picking up a victory over longtime rival Kopczynski.

Continue to check the BTS website for coverage of the wrestling season. If we missed an NYC or BTS-related wrestler, please email rcooley@beat-the-streets.org.

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