“It’s our ambition at Gotham City to create a real community through aggregating the efforts and people of the niche NYC wrestling community, creating real events, and providing original content.”
The inaugural Gotham City Wrestling “King of New York” Classic went better than we hoped. Thanks to the athletes, fans, and community our brackets + stands were filled with former college studs, jiu-jitsu blackbelts, greco-roman specialists, first time wrestlers, and local support.
Below is a recap of the event and in this link are all the matches from the Classic that we were able to video. The matches are available for download at a suggested donation with 10% going back to Beat the Streets for sponsoring the event.
Moving past this event, it’s on our agenda to host the Gotham City Freestyle College Duals, and a Summer league competition schedule for the NYC and neighboring communities. As you wish to support our ambition please keep up to date by subscribing for our mailing list at the bottom of this page.
As always, our emails are open to your suggestions, comments and feedback on how to improve what we’re doing: Mike Torriero, MTorriero@GothamCityWrestling, & Gene Kobilansky, .
GCW Classic Rules
Takedowns are worth two points, a push-out is one point, and a wrestler who throws an opponent to their back was awarded three points and the opportunity to work for the pin-fall. This rule format added an extra element to the competition as wrestlers worked for big-time moves throughout the tournament.
If overtime is needed the clock will run unlimited until a two or three point attack is executed. There are no pushouts scored in extra time.
Pics and Gear
We featured a limited amount of GCW gear and merchandise at the tournament but our entire line is available for purchase at GothamCityWrestling.com.
Most champions were crowned via a round-robin style tournament, but the 168 and 188 lb. weight classes were double-elimination due to the large amount of competitors at those weights. When all was said and done we had 10 individual champions who got to take home an exclusive GCW Classic Champion sweatshirt.
The 152 lb. college-experience final was between our own COO and NYU Assistant Wrestling Coach Gene Kobilansky and Shawn Mosely with Kobilansky taking the King of New York title.
Renzo Gracie Black Belt Jin Youn took home the 152lb. non-college title.
The final of the 168 lb. college-experience tournament featured two former Ivy League standouts Daniel Kolodzik and Walter Peppelman. Kolodzik was an All-Ivy wrestler for Princeton and Peppelman was a 3x All-American for Harvard. After a hard fought match, Peppelman edged Kolodzik for the King of New York title 4-3.
This 188lb College Experience Final was between Brooklyn’s own Barry Hart and current NYU Coach, Andrew Butville.
A Huge Thank You!
We want to thank Beat the Streets for supporting and generously allowing us to use their SoHo headquarters to bring everybody together in support and appreciation of wrestling in the City of New York.
We’d also like to thank the competitors who represented NYC and those who came from as far as Michigan and New Hampshire to do battle. It takes a special breed to lace up boots and risk an ego. We were amazed by the competitive spirit and diversity of the New York City wrestling community.
The Classic would never have run as smoothly as it did without help from NYU, BTS wrestlers, and the two NYU Julia’s. Sam Friedfeld, Dylan Lojac, Matt Capello, John Messinger, Ray Jazicoff, Wayne Yuan, and Kyzen Smith; Julia Brandt our trainer for making sure we were all safe, and our minor injuries cared for with professionalism and compassion, and to Julia Montella for helping us in all the spots we needed something.
Most important, thanks to the fans in the stand who came out in person to not only support, but help create the GCW community.
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