The Public Schools Athletic League set several records at the 2017 New York Federation State Wrestling Championships!
In Division 1, the PSAL scored a total of 70 points, topping the previous high of 63 points set in 2013. Leading the way for the PSAL was John Bowne Senior Brandon Nunez, who claimed the State Championship at 99lbs. In doing so, Nunez became the PSAL’s first Division 1 State Champion in tournament history. Joining Nunez in the championship finals was Benjamin Cardozo Senior Simon Chee, who placed 2nd in the 195lb bracket.
Nunez made quick work of his opening round opponent, putting Elmira’s Drake Dille to his back at the 4 minute mark for a pin. In the quarterfinal round Nunez picked up an 11-2 major decision over Myles Griffen from Jamesville Dewitt. Nunez picked up another dominating major decision with a 19-6 win over Arlington’s Dennis Robin in the semifinals. It was an all NYC final with Nunez facing Monsignor Farrell’s Terry Adams for the gold. The two familiar opponents wrestled a tight match, but a third period takedown proved be the points needed for Nunez to pick up a 5-3 decision and become the PSAL’s first Division 1 individual wrestling championship.
Beat The Streets Coach Penn Gottfried stated, “I could talk about the tournament that Brandon wrestled and about how he won every position and really took himself to another level by constantly attacking, but to be honest, that is just icing on the cake. Maybe it just got recognized this weekend, but Brandon won that state title long before then. In traveling 2 hours to go to and from practice, in giving up weekends and pushing off bad situations that many others would be sucked into, Brandon is a walking, talking testament to a true warrior. Someone who battles forward where others might fall off to the side. I am proud of this accomplishment, but I am more proud of the person that he has become to earn this accomplishment and the person he is going to be in the future because of it.”
On the other end of the weight spectrum Benjamin Cardozo Senior Simon Chee entered the 195lb weight class as the #6 seed. In the opening round Simon was leading Mike Spallina from Hilton before an injury forced Spallina to withdraw. In the quarterfinal round Chee used two first period takedowns and back points to earn a 11-2 major decision over the #3 seed, Elijah Rodriquez of Long Beach. Thirteen seconds into his semifinal bout Greg Hodulick of Islip illegally slammed Chee to the mat. When Chee was not cleared by the medical staff to continue Hodulick was disqualified and Chee advanced to the championship finals. In the championship finals Chee had a 7-6 lead with ten seconds remaining. Off the whistle he was hit a stalling call, which gave his opponent, Kendall Elfstrum of Monroe Woodbury, one point and sending the match to overtime. In overtime Chee got in deep on a shot, but Elfsturm came out on top in the resulting scramble securing the takedown for the 9-7 win leaving Chee with the silver medal.
In Division 2 Eagle Academy’s David Bogie led the PSAL with his 6th place finish in the 145lb brackets. Bogie opened the tournament with a 9-2 upset over #8 seed Ry Rifanburg from Norwich. In the quarterfinal round Bogie lost via technical call to top seeded Tanner Cook of Central Valley Academy. On the consolation side of the bracket Bogie won two and lost two to earn his 6th place spot on the podium.
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