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From July 16 to 23, wrestlers from New York City will be facing off against competition from across the country in the Asics/Vaughan Cadet & Junior National Championships in Fargo, ND, known to the wrestling world as the Fargo tournament.
Beat the Streets is planning to send twenty-two boys and thirty-one NYC girls, from ninth graders to new high school graduates, who will be wrestling a mix of freestyle and Greco-Roman competition. There will be additional boys and girls from all over the state joining our NYC wrestlers to make up Team New York.
There will be several wrestlers returning to Fargo who hope to work new approaches and changed circumstances to their favor. One to look out for is Hailey Cancelleri (10th grade, Curtis High School, Staten Island). She attended Fargo last year and has had an excellent year thus far, attaining double All-American honors at Oklahoma Nationals as well as an All-American finish at the Body Bar Nationals and world team trials. “What will be interesting for Hailey this year is she will be making a big weight drop,” says Coach Davis, anticipating changes to the whole dynamic of her wrestling style. Previously competing at the 172 lb weight class at Fargo, her wrestling was based more on upper body work and throws, but this year, after much hard work and determination, she’s set to compete at the 154 lb weight class.
Brandon Nunez (12th grade, John Bowne High School, Queens) is a returning Greco All-American and the only boys state placer this year. He is aiming to land even higher up on the podium this year and make his way to the Freestyle podium as well. Earlier this year, Nunez helped to salvage the John Bowne High School wrestling program when it was at risk of being shut down.
Michaela Beck (10th grade, Fusion) competed at Fargo for the first time last year. “She blew the competition wide open with a fifth place finish in Cadets and a second place finish in Juniors,” said Davis. “She is coming back hungry this year after showing impressive finishes at Oklahoma Nationals,” where she received double All-American honors and was a finalist in the Cadet division, “and an All-American finish at Body Bar.”
Tatiani Cirili (11th grade, Grand Street) is the wild card selection from NYC. She does not have a girls’ team at her school and was thus unable to enter city championships, and yet she perseveres with the sport. “With her MMA and grappling background, and her desire to learn and work hard, she is someone to keep an eye out for at the competition,” said Davis. Cirili came close to winning first at the Folk Style City Championships, losing only to top contender Zopouled David from New Dorp High School.
BTS coaches Jacque Davis and Penn Gottfried will be in attendance to support and encourage their wrestlers. Several NYC coaches were also invited to join the staff: Jason Bross, Staten Island; Ted Cook, Truman High School boys and girls coach and 2016 BTS Girls Coach of the Year; Ryan Cooley, former BTS Junior League Coach and coach at Eagle Academy Bronx; and Dmitry Landa, Elite Wrestling Academy and BTS Junior League Coach.
Several BTS alumni will also be Team New York staff coached. Included are William Yee, who was previously featured as one of our Graduated Grapplers, as well as Destane Hart and Jennifer Juarez. Yee is going into his second year at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Hart has graduated from Springfield Technical Community College and is transferring to finish her BA at McKendree University. Juarez has finished her first year at Life University and will be returning there in the fall.
The lists of competitors and their 2016-2017 grades and schools are as follows:
Zoo David, 12th grade, New Dorp
Liz Mattocks, 12th grade, Flushing
Ashly Gomez, 11th grade, Sunset Park
Pearl Fletcher, 12th grade, Truman
Tatiana Cirili, 12th grade, Grand St.
Maria Soto, 11th grade, AP Randolph
Dawa Lama, 10th grade, Maspeth
Dennielle Phillip, graduated, Wingate
Nighyar Calliste, 11th grade, Murrow
Adalix Siri, graduated, Brooklyn Tech
Natasha Padilla, 12th grade, Truman
Briana Rivera, 10th grade, Sunset Park
Guadalupe Aralleno, graduated, MLK
Lucia Perez, 12th grade, Truman
Michaela Beck, 11th grade, Fusion
Katrin Pokalyukhin, 12th grade, Brooklyn Tech
Unwana Abaasiura, 12th grade, Bronx Science
Stephanie K, graduated, Flushing
Joyce Munoz, 12th grade, Bryant
Katherine Tempeneguay, 11th grade, Susan Wagner
Jocelyn ?, 12th grade, Curtis
Salma Hussein, 12th grade, Francis
Kassandra Marcelo, 11th grade, Curtis
Hailey Cancelleri, 11th grade, Curtis
Diandra Phillip, graduated, Wingate
Nia Crosdale, 11th grade, Truman
Shaniece Hunter, graduated, Truman
Victoria Alloggio, 11th grade, Madison
Christina Alloggio, 12th grade, Madison
Yae Ram Cho, 12th grade, Cardozo
Michelle Isakova, graduated
Brandon Nunez, 12th grade, John Bowne (placed fourth in 2015)
Steven Isaac, 12th grade, Msgr. Farrell
John Luke Destefano, 12th grade, Poly Prep
Terry Adams, 10th grade, Msgr. Farrell
Daniel Bogie, 11th grade, Eagle Academy
David Berkovich, 10th grade, Poly Prep
David Flynn, 12th grade, Msgr. Farrell
Demetrius Henry, 11th grade, Grant Street
Deshawn Herbert, 10th grade, Canarsie
Dove Bonjean Alpart, 9th grade, Poly Prep
Henry Kamornik, graduated, Brooklyn Tech
Jake Barry, graduated, Poly Prep
Jayson Gomez, 11th grade, Eagle Academy
Lenny Merkin, graduated, Poly Prep
Leo Rabinovich, 11th grade, Tottenville
Sean Patrick McGing, 12th grade, Mt. St. Michael
Zacc Romero, 10th grade, Brooklyn Tech
Simon Chee, 11th grade, Cardozo
Dylan Nerich, 11th grade, W. C. Bryant
Terrance Parks, 9th grade
Nick Romanello, 12th grade, Msgr. Farrell
Robert Scopelliti, Msgr. Farrell