Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

On Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12, The Division I, II, and girls City Championships took place at Truman High School and Eagle Academy. 300 of the most competitive young wrestlers in NYC took to the mat to prove their standings as the best in the city.

At the 195 lb Division I bracket, Simon Chee (Cardozo) and Dylan Nerich (W.C. Bryant) faced off in what some spectators were calling the marquee match of the night. Chee, who was last year’s champion at 182 lbs, beat out defending champion Nerich for the 195 lb title in an exciting 8-6 match.

Grand Street was a high performing school, with five student-athletes in the finals and five champions. Stephen Perez of Grand Street said that this was an amazing outcome for the team. “Our wrestling team puts their heart and soul into wrestling all year round to finish on top in February,” Perez said. “It's a great feeling witnessing how their sacrifices and hard work pays off. This cannot be done without the group of coaches that help and support us. Grand Street is back!”

Jayden Cardenas, the champion for Grand Street at the D1 126 lb level, said that it felt good to win so early in his career. “"It was an amazing experience as the only freshman in the finals and the only one to win it this year.”

On the other hand, Odean Gray, another student-athlete from Grand Street who won the 160 lb D1 weight class, reflected on how far he had come in his time wrestling in high school. “"It's amazing what 3 years of work can do for you,” Gray said. “Just 2 years ago in the City Championship I didn't place. Now I'm #1 headed to do damage in Albany.” 

Returning Grand Street 152 lbs D1 champion Demitreus Henry knew that expectations were high on him to repeat his success. “I went out there, wrestled hard, and pinned my way through the tournament, Henry said. His ultimate goal is to become a state champion. “I placed at Eastern States, which is a pretty good tune-up before States, and now I'm ready to hit the mat and bring the fire once again!”

Guillermo Arango of Gaynor Campus also reported that the tournament was a “great experience.” Securing second place in the 132 lbs D1 weight class made him the first city finalist for his school, but he discussed this big personal accomplishment with a great deal of gratitude. “I'm just very thankful for all the blessings and all the people that help me work hard during the season such as coach Penn, my coach Jonas Shantz, and my drilling partners. I went from not even being a City Qualifier last year, to being a runner up. Wouldn't be able to get this far alone.”

Brooklyn Tech was the winner of the team title for the Division I championships. Liju Abraham said that his team came to do work at the tournament. “We had seven finalists and eight who wrestled back, and everyone came together to help win a team title. The coaches are proud of the team as a whole on what was done.”


The list of City Champions is as follows:


  • Brandon Nunez, John Bowne

  • Mohamed Hassan, FDR

  • David Traub, Tottenville

  • Matthew Mina, Brooklyn Tech

  • Jayden Cardenas, Grand Street

  • Zacc Romero, Brooklyn Tech

  • Quincy Howard, Cardozo

  • Abimael Luperon, Grand Street

  • Demitreus Henry, Grand Street

  • Odean Gray, Grand Street

  • Feras Zedeia, W.C. Bryant

  • Leo Rabinovich, Tottenville

  • Simon Chee, Cardozo

  • George Grigalshvili, James Madison

  • Mathew Feliciano, Grant Street


Division II winners:


  • Brandon Fallon, Petrides

  • Muhammed Mahmud, RKA

  • Kevin Velez, Petrides

  • Hector Rodriguez, Eagle Academy

  • Amir Johnson, Petrides

  • Kevin McColgan, Petrides

  • Mike Diforte, Petrides

  • Daniel Bogie, Eagle Academy

  • Justin Ebron, Eagle Academy

  • Joe Diforte, Petrides

  • Serjey Thomas, Eagle Academy

  • Brian Frias, RFK

  • Francis Tawiah, Petrides

  • Justin Lorenzo, Petrides

  • Jayson Gomez, Eagle Academy


Girls winners:


  • Zopuoled David, New Dorp

  • Alana Aga, Edward R. Murrow

  • Katrin Pokalyuskhin, Brooklyn Tech

  • Jocelyn Quinones, Curtis

  • Elizaveta Vedernikova, Edward R. Murrow

  • Joanne Jones, Wingate

  • Shameeka Sapienza, East Harlem

The top contender from each weight class has qualified for the state tournament in two weeks. We wish them worthy opponents and the best of success!


Beat the Streets Wrestling is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If you would like to support our mission to improve the lives and futures of New York City public school students by giving them the opportunity to wrestle, please click the donate button below: