Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

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NYC wrestlers used this past weekend to demonstrate what they're made of. From Friday, February 23 to Saturday, February 24, the city's top performers competed in the NYSPHSAA Boy's High School State Championships at the Times Union Center in Albany and the National Prep Championships at Lehigh University.  

31 boys headed to the Times Union Center—five gave especially outstanding performances. Terry Adams, a Monsignor Farrell junior, was named this year's State Champion at 106 lbs. This victory came after having been runner-up to BTS alumni Brandon Nunez in the 99 lbs finals last year. Adams gave solid performances in every match this weekend. He showed a ton of grit in his semifinals match, where he came back from a 5-0 deficit. Despite being put on his back early in that match, the match went into overtime where Adams eventually pulled out a win in double overtime. "I have had this on my mind for a while and it's great to accomplish this goal after putting in all the hard work,” said Adams. 

Jayson Gomez never placed in a state tournament before this year. The Eagle Academy senior proved himself by placing 2nd at 285 lbs, the highest State finish for the PSAL this yearJayson looked the best that I have ever seen him,” said Penn Gottfried, Junior League Director and Coach. Gomez got pins in every match except his finals match. He lost a very close match in the finals (7-6) to Anthony Barker from Starpoint H.S. Though he seemed to outwrestle Barker, it seemed a costly mistake in the 1st period, that had him give up 4 points, was the deciding factor. 

Dimitreus Henry, Grand Street senior, took 3rd place at 160 lbs. Though Henry was rocked by an injury in the beginning of the season and didn't get a chance to return until later in the season, he upset the 3rd seed in his first round at States. Henry experienced a tough loss in the semis but came back strong. 

Daniel Bogie, another Eagle Academy senior, took 5th at 152 lbs this year after having taken 6th last year. He suffered a tough loss during the first round, but gave strong performances for the rest of States. Bogie had only good things to say following his performance. "Wrestling's a tough sport and it's taught me how to be tough in every situation no matter the situation,” said Bogie. Though States were tough, he was impressed by his teammates. “I could see my brothers give it their all-- we wrestled tough and had fun doing it," said Bogie.  

Leo Rabinovitch, a Tottenville senior, took 5th for the same reason as Bogie—despite losing a close first match, he came back strong for the rest of the tournament.  

"States can be an emotional roller coaster--winning 3rd place or 5th place sometimes feels better than taking 2nd place,” said Coach John McGarry of Eagle Academy. McGarry emphasized the importance of not letting one match define you and remembering the effort you put in and the friends you made. “Eagle wrestlers and all wrestlers have the choice to either settle for what happened at States or start making adjustments to get what they want," concluded McGarry.   

Thank you to Scott Emery for sponsoring a viewing bus that brought 20 NYC wrestlers to States. These 20 youth wrestlers got to watch the finals matches and support BTS wrestlers. “This was awesome because it not only shows representation for NYC, but gives those who did not make it this year, and some of the younger wrestlers, a chance to see where they can be,” said Coach Gottfried.  

To check out Gotham City's recap, click HEREFor New York State brackets as well as individual & team scores, click HERE 

The 83rd National Prep Championships also took place this past weekend. Three individuals from New York City claimed All-American status. Following his impressive 3rd place Greco-Roman finish at the Asics Nationals in Fargo, ND, Terrance Parks (formerly of Bronx’s Mott Haven High School, currently a sophomore at St. Benedict’s in Newark) gave another strong performance this past weekend—he achieved 3rd place at 160 lbs. Poly Prep’s David Berkowitz placed 5th in a crowded 132 lbs bracket. Victor Marzano, also from Poly Prep, took home a 7th place medal at 182 lbs. 

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