New York City was well represented at the 2018 Eastern States Classic in Sullivan County this past weekend. The Friends of Section 9 Wrestling put on another great show, and the competition field was loaded with talent. The Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) finished with four individual medalists: David Traub of Tottenville, Daniel Bogie of Eagle Academy, Odean Gray of Grand Street, and Micheal Babbcort of Wingate. The CHSAA’s lone medalist was Monsignor Farrell’s Terry Adams, and the rounding out the medals for New York City was Poly Prep’s David Berkovich represented the NYSAIS. Daniel Bogie, returning Division II state medalist from a year ago finished in 8th place, while the other five wrestlers came home with 7th place honors. New York City picks back up in action next weekend at the Mayor’s Cup. The event brings together to the top wrestlers across the city in every division. Queens College will play host.
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The quarterfinals are set. Six New York City athletes have battled their way into the quarterfinals tomorrow morning. Poly Prep leads the way with two on the front side. The PSAL has three of the six athletes on the front side with Monsignor Farrell pushing returning state finalist Terry Adams into the quarters at 106 lbs.
106 – Terry Adams, Monsignor Farrell
132 – David Berkovich, Poly Prep
152 – Daniel Bogie, Eagle Academy
182 – Victor Marzano, Poly Prep
182 – Odean Gray, Grand Street
220 – Michael Babbcort, Wingate
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120 – David Traub, Tottenville
120 – Dove Bonjean-Alpart, Poly Prep
126 – Matthew Mina, Brooklyn Tech
152 – Abimael Luperon, Grand Street
170 – Gevorg Arakelov, Maspeth
195 – Dylan Nerich, WC Bryant
195 – George Grigalashvili, James Madison
106 – Terry Adams #7
120 – David Traub #6, Dove Bonjean-Alpart #18, Jimmy Ryan #20
126 – Matthew Mina #17
132 – David Berkovich #10, Zacc Romero #19
138 – Quincy Howard #21
145 – Charley Barry #20
152 – Daniel Bogie #8, Abimael Luperon #14
160 – Justin Ebron #9
170 – Gevorg Arakelov #20
182 – Victor Marzano #8, Odean Gray #10
195 – Dylan Nerich #7, George Grigalashvili #9
220 – Michael Babbcort #7
We have received word that Grand Street talent Jayden Cardenas will not be competing at Eastern States this year. We are hearing the cause is due to a sickness he has had over the past few weeks that started over the holiday break. Weight has been an issue this season, but we assumed the holiday break would straighten these out. Let’s hope we see Mr. Cardenas back in action soon. New York City was not awarded an addition spot in the tournament to replace Cardenas at 126 lbs. Our full recap of tomorrow’s action is below.
Has it already been a year? Time sure does fly since we last saw New York City’s own Brandon Nunez and Terry Adams do battle in the finals of the Eastern States wrestling tournament at 99 lbs. The eventual state champion out of John Bowne High School in Queens stole the show and claimed top honors at the weight for the city. Nowadays you can find Brandon Nunez competing at 125 lbs. for Rhode Island College and head coach Jay Jones.
Where: SUNY- Sullivan, Loch Sheldrake, NY
When: January 12-13, 2018
Can New York City bring back a champion and a higher medal count than last year? Below our Eastern States wrestling preview.
Terry Adams returns to the show and is Gotham’s highest returner from a year ago. Adams took second only to NYC’s Brandon Nunez at 99 lbs. Adams has been solid all year and tops out the Gotham City Wrestling Fab 50 rankings. Look for Adams to be next on the list for NYC Eastern States champions.
No New York City competitors at 113 this year.
Arguably one of the toughest weights in the city, 120 will feature Poly Prep’s #1 Dove Bonjean-Alpart, Edward R Murrow’s Max Ebanks, Tottenville’s David Traub, and Monsignor Farrell’s Jimmy Ryan. Traub was one round away from bringing home a medal at 113 a year ago, and Bonjean-Alpart beat Traub in the finals of the Mayor’s Cup last year. Up one weight class and looking strong so far this season, we look for both to be right in the medal mix this year.
126 will feature two New York City wrestlers competing at this year’s tournament. #2 Matthew Mina of Brooklyn Tech and #3 Jayden Cardenas of Grand Street will take to the mat and both will be looking for hardware. Mina has looked the best so far this season with a victory by fall over then #1 Cardenas in a dual between Brooklyn Tech and Grand Street.
Brooklyn Tech’s #1 Zacc Romero will lead the way at 132 lbs. for Gotham. He has been dominant so far and is our #1 ranked wrestler at 132 lbs. in the city. Also wrestling at 132 lbs. at Eastern States will be #5 Pedro Cruz of New Utrecht and #2 Guillermo Arango of Gaynor Campus. Cruz notched a win over Arango in the semi-finals of the Zinn Lynn this past weekend, so be on the lookout for a massive changeup in rankings coming this afternoon. Both are talented and athletic, we will soon know if they can handle the big show or not.
Benjamin Cardozo’s own Quincy Howard will take the reins at 138 this year alongside #1 David Berkovich of Poly Prep. The returning city champ and Mayor’s Cup champion respectively bring showtime experience to the table. Berkovich has been right in the thick of things, but never able to break through to that next level and solidify himself among the best in New York. That changed this past weekend with a huge victory over Prep All-American Henry Hague. Will it be enough to contend for a medal? We shall soon see.
Staten Island wrestler Mike DiForte comes from a good bloodline of wrestling. This will be his first big test competing for the Panthers. Competing alongside him will be Poly Prep talent Charley Barry.
Possibly our next best shot to bring back some serious hardware falls at 152 lbs. Both returning city champions and both fresh off a productive summer of competition, Abimael Luperon of Grand Street and Daniel Bogie of Eagle Academy will both compete alongside Anthony Lanza of Monsignor Farrell. The weight is highlighted by one of the top wrestlers in the country, and returning Eastern States champion, Frankie Gissendanner of Penfield. Bogie is athletic enough to steal any show, Luperon is tough enough to hang with anybody, and Lanza brings a wealth of experience to the party. We are extremely excited about this weight.
With Demitreus Henry battling injury, Eagle Academy’s Justin Ebron will be our lone representative at 160 lbs for the public schools. He snuck into the state tournament a year ago, which should have given him a valuable experience on a big stage. Farrell’s Vin Ndokaj will also take the mat at 160 lbs. Ndokaj is ranked #2 behind Henry in our Gotham City Wrestling rankings and have an outside-looking-in shot at a medal this year.
Maspeth’s Gevorg Arakelov will take the mat at 170 lbs. He has been a stingy wrestler the past few years. He is relatively untested in a major tournament environment, but this could just be the experience he needs to set him up for a breakout finish to the season.
#1 ranked Odean Gray brings an exciting pace to the mat, and we are looking for him to be right in the mix for hardware at this year’s tournament. He has big-time tournament experience in both qualifying for the state tournament and wrestling at Virginia Beach, and he has looked like a complete animal so far this season at 182 lbs. Just as talented is Poly Prep’s #2 Victor Marzano. He is now at 182 and we will see if he is quick enough to stay with the speed of 182 lbs.
George Grigalashvili and Dylan Nerich will both be hardware candidates at 195 lbs. Nerich wrestled last year at this event and don’t be surprised if he comes home as an Eastern States champ as well. He is athletic, he is strong, and he’s explosive. Bring on the weekend!
Wingate’s Micheal Babbcort will round out the city at 220 lbs. Babbcort is right there. He is heavily involved with Beat the Streets, he wrestles all the time, and he has been close to breaking through. Hopefully the Eastern States tournament is that breakthrough moment.