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
After the semifinals of the New York State High School Championships, the PSAL has two finalists and one wrestler still battling in the consolation bracket. Monsignor Farrell has one finalist, as well.
Said Kakhramonov (New Utrecht, 132 lbs., Division 1) made the finals with back-to-back thrilling victories. In his quarterfinals match, he used a hip toss in the final 10 seconds to come from behind and win 10-6. Then in his semifinal match, he gained a reversal in the final 10 seconds to win 2-1. He placed 6th at last year's tournament.
Returning state champion Rich Sisti of Monsignor Farrell (220 lbs.) is making a return to the finals by way of a run featuring a pair of decisions 6-0 and 9-4, along with a 1:32 fall in the semifinals.
Meanwhile in Division 2, Nathanael Rose (Eagle Academy, 195 lbs.) made the finals in dominating fashion, winning by scores of 13-2, 7-2, and 11-1. Rose was one match from placing at last year's tournament.
Rose's teammate, Miguel Perez (220 lbs.) suffered a 6-0 defeat in the semifinals and then a 6-1 loss in the consolation semifinals. He will wrestle for 5th place in the consolation finals.
As we turn the page on February, we have updated the schedule for the Manhattan Training Center.
The biggest change of note is that we have significantly modified the lineup for practices on Saturdays. We will be starting later and having more specific sessions, including our first dedicated practice for kids aged Kindergarten through 5th Grade. (You may here this age group referred to as peewees or tots.)
Here is the schedule for March and April:
The 52nd Annual New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Wrestling Championships begin tomorrow, February 28th, at the Times Union Center in Albany. The 2014 Tournament is in its 11th year of a two-division format, and will follow a schedule similar to that of last year’s event. Qualifiers hail from the 11 NYSPHSAA sections, the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA), and the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) of New York City, bringing the total number of participants to nearly 500.
What can wrestling do? For Adam Salah, a student at The Math & Science Exploratory School in Brooklyn, the sport has been a game-changer. The eighth grader began wrestling here at the Manhattan Training Center back in September. He had a big interest in sports, especially lacrosse (of which he is currently a coach), and always thought wrestling seemed fun; so, he decided to try it out last fall.