Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

New York City Wrestlers, 16 from the PSAL sponsored by BTS, competed very well over the weekend at one of the Northeast’s premiere tournaments, the Eastern States Classic. In 2017, NYC landed four individuals on the podium; this past weekend saw that number climb to six people earning a medal. Seven seemed to be the magic number for the City of New York as five of six individual medal winners from the PSAL, the NYSAIS, and the Catholic School League placed 7th at their respective weight classes. The field was stacked with seven nationally ranked wrestlers from 166 different high schools and six different states. Also, unlike the public-school state championships in Albany next month, this tournament matches competitors from both Divisions I & II against one another.

Terry Adams, the returning Eastern States Finalist and a New York state runner-up from Monsignor Farrell H.S., lived up to his seed by placing 7th at 106 lbs after he lost to the eventual champion of his weight class. Also from Staten Island, David Traub of Tottenville H.S. placed 7th and showed a great deal of resilience. After a first round loss, he strung together five consecutive wins in the consolations to place 7th at 120 lbs. Eagle Academy’s Daniel Bogie placed 8th at 152 lbs. while Grand Street’s Odean Gray placed 7th at 182 lbs as did Micheal Babbcort at 220 lbs from Wingate H.S.. From Brooklyn’s Poly Prep, David Berkovich also placed 7th at 132 lbs.

There were four additional wrestlers that had a solid showing by making the round of twelve and just narrowly missed placing over the weekend: Gevorg Arakelov (170 lbs) from Maspeth H.S., Victor Marzano (182 lbs) from Poly Prep, Dylan Nerich (195 lbs) from W.C. Bryant H.S., and George Grigalashvili (195) from Madison H.S.

Kids and coaches alike, agreed that the Eastern States was a terrific litmus test for where they stand as the state championships is a mere six weeks away. “I love being put to the test and this tournament showed me areas where I excel and those that I need to work on” said Daniel Bogie. BTS Coach, Penn Gottfried shared “I think that BTS kids realize they can compete at this level. We didn’t give up, and it showed as we had eight wrestlers competing in the round of 12.”

You can check out all of the results by clicking HERE for the brackets, courtesy of Flo Wrestling.

Next weekend, many of NYC’s best wrestlers will compete to determine who is “Best in the City” as the PSAL hosts the annual Mayor’s Cup competition on Saturday, January 20 at Queens College.

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