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.
Wrestling legend Wade Schalles will be leading practice this Wednesday night, July 17th starting at 6:30pm at the Manhattan Training Center.
Schalles is credited with inventing several moves and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for several pinning achievements. In fact, the Schalles Award, presented annually by Cliff Keen Athletics and Wrestling Insider News Magazine to the nation’s best college pinner.
Schalles won two NCAA championships for Clarion University where he defeated 153 of his 159 opponents, pinning an astounding 109 of them.
He was named a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1991.
More about Wade from his website, wadeschalles.com:
The ASICS/Vaughan Junior & Cadet National Championships kicked off today on the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND with the Cadet Women's Freestyle. While everyone competed well today, the two standouts were Jennifer Juarez of Robert F Wagner/PSAL Catch-All Team and Vivan Vu of Brooklyn Tech.
Each earned All-American Honors with Juarez taking 3rd at 108 lbs. and Vu earning 6th at 154 lbs.
His victory over Anderson Silva at UFC 162 on Saturday, July 6th, ended Silva’s seven-year, 17-fight winning streak – successfully dethroning the longest-reigning UFC Champion in history. Not only did he defeat a legend, he did so in dramatic fashion. He won the fight by KO during the second round – making him the only fighter to knock out Silva via strikes.
Chris is one of our own. He wrestled at Hofstra, becoming a two-time Division I All-American, and is a supporter of Beat the Streets - he took the stage and spoke to the crowd at this year's gala, the Rumble on the Rails. We are proud to have a wrestler wearing the belt and look forward to watching Chris defend his title – and his undefeated record – against future contenders.
Additionally, he wasn't the only combatant with a wrestling background to have a strong showing on Saturday. Also competing on the card were former Oklahoma State National Champion Mark Muñoz and 4x NCAA qualifier for Clarion, Frankie Edgar. Both looked impressive in earning unanimous decision victories.