From Friday, May 12 to Sunday, May 14, 59 Beat the Streets New York boys participated in the New York State Freestyle and Greco State Championships, which were held at SUNY Broome in Binghamton, New York. The weekend began with weigh-ins on May 12, Freestyle on May 13, and Greco on May 14.  

Two juniors gave standout performances. Leo Rabinovich, an 11th grader from Tottenville, had an impressive Greco tournamentit culminated in a finals match where he had two 5-point throws! This certainly led to his winning Most Outstanding Wrestler (MOW) for Junior Greco. 
 
Demitreus Henry, an 11th grader from Grand Street Campus, won both his Freestyle and Greco brackets. As Coach Penn Gottfried, Junior League Director, said, "[Henry] really had an exciting weekend battling through in every single match." 

A third, relatively younger wrestler, also had a notable performance. Terrance Parks, a 9th grader from Mott Haven, had a breakout tournament. Wrestling at 160lbs as a Junior, he won his bracket for both Freestyle and Greco. Parks' performances led to him being named the MOW for Junior Freestyle.  

Parks described that his strategy was to keep his mind "focused and empty, even though competing in both styles was stressful."  He hopes that he will be able to recreate the success he had at this tournament, but until then, he'll continue working hard. He's delighted to have been able to accomplish this, and he's grateful for the supportive people in his life.  

BTSNY had a strong performance, not just as individuals, but as a team. BTSNY won Freestyle Cadet and Greco Juniors, and took second in Freestyle Juniors and Greco Cadet. 

Gottfried described the team's overall group performance as the best he's ever seen. Gottfried either coached or observed all of the BTSNY wrestlers, noting that every single one battled through their matches. The hard work that BTSNY kids have been putting into practice is paying off and resulting in "sharp and clean" technique. Gottfried looks forward to having multiple placers at Fargo. 
 
Coach John Cichon from Tottenville High School was impressed by the results he saw. He was more impressed, however, by the camaraderie he saw among the boys, regardless of their school loyalty or background. "Watching all of them come together and support each other... [it was] truly a special thing to see," said Cichon. 

Congratulations to Team BTSNY for the strong performance they gave at the 2017 NYS Freestyle and Greco State Championships! To see the results of each bracket, visit Trackwrestling SE here. 

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