Over 160 Wrestlers from all over New York City attended Beat the Streets' Top of the Podium Wrestling Camp from July 7-11 at Sullivan County Community College. The camp was an amazing experience for everyone who attended.
BTS's impressive camp staff included 6x World and Olympic Champion John Smith, NCAA Champion Ricardo Gomez, NCAA Finalist Jules Doliscar, and NCAA Qualifier Robert Shade. In addition to a rigorous wrestling program, attendees received instruction in college preparation and bullying awareness. Mike Greco, Director of the Village of Monticello Parks and Recreation Department, spoke to campers about job and life skills, and SI-Tech and Hunter College Alum Oliver Lopez held small group meetings focusing on nutrition.
See below for pictures!
The ASICS/Vaughan Junior & Cadet Freestyle & Greco-Roman National Championships -- colloquially known as Fargo -- came to a close today.
The final tally included a Junior Womens Freestyle National Duals Team Title and nine All-American honors. Congratulations to all the BTS and NYC wrestlers who competed in the largest wrestling tournament in the world!
Here's the recap:
Eleven NYC wrestlers took the mat on Day 1 of the Junior Men's division. Only Andrew Psomas (170 lbs, Monsignor Farrell) and Cedrick Stephens (182 lbs, Wingate) survived to wrestle Friday on Day 2. Both went 3-1 on the day.
Winning two matches before being exiting the double-elimination tournament were Adis Radoncic (170 lbs, RKA) and Konstantin Parfiryev (170 lbx, Madison). Saidyokub Kahramonov (138 lbs, New Utrecht) went 1-2. Going 0-2 were 106-pound Greco All-American Alpha Diallo (up a weight at 113, Brooklyn International), along with Rashid Powerll (120 lbs, Eagle Academy), Cheick Ndiaye (126 lbs, Brooklyn International), Maksimilian Garkusha (152 lbs, Brooklyn Tech), Nigel Williams (152 lbs, Eagle Academy), and Nathaneal Rose (195 lbs, Eagle Academy).
Wednesday, while the BTS-heavy New York State Junior Women’s Team was busy winning the Junior Duals, four New York City Wrestlers began competion in the Cadet Freestyle Tournament. By Thursday, they had all been eliminated.
Highlighting the performances was Lenny Merkin (132 lbs, Poly Prep), who went undefeated on day one to advance to the second day of the event. Merkin had a dominant opening, as he defeated his first 3 opponents by identical 10-0 technical falls before receiving a bye in the fourth round of competition and then pinning his fifth round opponent. At that point, he had yet to be taken into the second period. Unfortunately, Thursday saw his run of dominance end short of All-American honors or a National Title as he lost his first two matches and was eliminated. Still, his 4-2 record was good for a top-12 finish in the 79-man weight class.
Zafar Iskandarov (152 lbs, Brooklyn International) and John Luke DeStefano (106 lbs, Poly Prep) each won matches before being eliminated. Vance Cuffie (160 lbs, Eagle Acadamy) went 0-2.
The Junior Men’s Freestyle Tournament starts tomorrow. Follow your favorite NYC athletes at trackwrestling.com.
(Thanks to John Sachs at tech-fall.com for the photo!)
(Thanks to Rosemary Flores for the photo!)
New York won its first-ever Junior Womens Duals National Championship today, with Beat the Streets girls comprising seven of the 12 weight classes.
In the final against California #1, Rosemary Flores and Shannon Henry (Curtis), and Yuneris Taveras (Bathgate) all won thier matches by pin. Destane Garrick (Wingate/PSAL Catch All) turned in a tech fall while Sara Andresen (Hunter) won by decision. Kim Cardenas (Petrides) and Jennifer Juarez (Robert Wagner/Catch All) also competed, but lost their matches. The final score was 39-17.
New York City student-athletes garnered seven All-American honors in Fargo on Tuesday.
In the Junior Womens Freestyle division, Rosemary Flores (125 lbs, Curtis) and Destane Garrick (172 lbs, Wingate) each took 3rd place, while Yuneris Taveras (198 lbs, Bathgate) took 6th, Kim Cardenas (97 lbs, Petrides) took 7th, and Mariana Olalde (172 lbs, Brooklyn Tech) took 8th.
In the Junior Mens Greco-Roman competition, Roland Zilberman (195 lbs, Lincoln) finshed in 5th while Alpha Diallo (106 lbs, Brooklyn International) ended up in 7th.
There were no NYC All-Americans in Cadet Greco-Roman on Monday. Junior Women Freestyle Duals are later today. Cadet Freestyle finals take place on Friday while Junior Freestyle ends on Saturday.