Mayor’s Cup 2018 – The Morning After

The 2018 Mayor’s Cup was one for the ages. The level of wrestling was at an all-time high, putting Queens College and New York City wrestling in the history books. Not only was the high school wrestling top-notch, but the middle school all-star match may have stolen the show. Beat the Streets paired the best middle school boys and girls together in an all-star dual that took place during the medal matches. Heck, even Italy’s World Champion Frank Chamizo made a guest appearance to watch the future of New York City wrestling. Moving into the finals, chills were in the air as 2012 Mayor’s Cup Champion, Barry Hart of Wingate, and 2013 Mayor’s Cup Champion, Nigel Williams of Eagle Academy, led the finalists to the center mat for introductions. Both were in attendance as fans and coaches, and their presence at the tournament added a level of nostalgia that is unmatched in recent memory.. #1 ranked Tottenville High School brought the team championship back to Staten Island for the second consecutive year. John Cichon and the Pirates were led by individual champions David Correa (113), Craig Sampson (138), and Leo Rabinovich (220). Monsignor Farrell, the 2017 team champions from Staten Island, finished as runner-up in the team race while Brooklyn’s Grand Street Campus rounded out the top three teams. Never before has the Mayor’s Cup seen such depth from the overall competitor field. Be on the lookout for our our detailed Mayor’s Cup analysis coming soon. We will dive into the history of the NYC Mayor’s Cup Wrestling Championships from a match length perspective.


Team Scores

  1. Tottenville 186.5
  2. Monsignor Farrell 176.5
  3. Grand Street 149.5
  4. Brooklyn Tech 131
  5. Poly Prep 123
  6. Petrides 98
  7. Fordham Prep 89
  8. James Madison 81
  9. Eagle Academy 78.5
  10. Midwood 68.5

Monsignor Farrell saw its first champion of the night at 99 lbs. as Frank Gioia put himself on the map. After not placing at last year’s tournament, and coming into the tournament unseeded, Gioia showed that seedings do not define one. Gioia started the day hot with a 17-2 technical fall before upsetting #2 Shukhrat Muratov James Madison by a score of 5-3 in the quarters. He then followed up with a 7-3 win over #4 Tyler Rivera (Tottenville) in the semifinals, securing himself a spot in the night’s main event. The finals saw the favorite, #1 Ryan Gaynor of Tottenville, against the red hot Farrell Lion. After trailing early, Gioia showed grit and fought back for an 11-9 sudden victory decision. Unranked Kaviel Lopez of Murry Bergtraum burst onto the scene with a 4th place finish and a win over #5 Layla Dervisevic (Forest Hills). The way brackets go at the Mayor’s Cup, losers of the semifinals automatically wrestle for 3rd place; causing Lopez to not wrestle #2 Shawn Muratov who finished 5th.

1st – Frank Gioia, Monsignor Farrell
2nd – Ryan Gaynor, Tottenville
3rd – Tyler Rivera, Tottenville

Monsignor Farrell continued to shine as it boasted two of its wrestlers into the 106 lbs. finals. #1 Terry Adams, a returning New York state finalist and two-time Catholic State Champion, dominated his way throughout. Adams outscored his opponents 63-5 and complied four technical-falls en route to his second Mayor’s Cup individual championship.

1st – Terry Adams, Monsignor Farrell
2nd – Frank Kost, Monsignor Farrell
3rd – Abdul Almareh, New Utrecht

The Pirates of Tottenville saw their first champion of the day at 113 lbs. Sophomore David Correa lived up to the hype in a very difficult field. Correa defeated two very talented CHSAA prospects during the day. In the semifinals he handled #4 Dan Adams (Monsignor Farrell) 7-3, and continued his impressive performance with a 4-2 victory over #2 Dan Alexander (Fordham Prep) in the finals. #3 Kai Yudelson of Brooklyn Tech finished in 3rd while returning city champion from a year ago, Mohamed Hassan struggled at his new weight class finishing in 6th place.

1st – David Correa, Tottenville
2nd – Dan Alexander, Fordham Prep
3rd – Kai Yudelson, Brooklyn Tech


At arguably the tournament’s deepest weight, Monsignor Farrell found itself another champion in #3 James Ryan. Ryan finished as the tournament’s CHSAA Most Outstanding Wrestler recipient. Bringing in the tournament’s most impressive performance, Ryan had to slay two giants to win gold. In the semifinals, Ryan faced fellow Staten Island rival #2 David Traub of Tottenville. Looking to even the score, with a career series notched at two wins a piece, Ryan impressed with a gutty 6-4 decision over the Eastern States medalist. Something to note, Ryan went 0-2 in the same bracket that David took 7th in one week earlier. Looking to halt history, Ryan then turned his attention to #1 Dove Bonjean-Alpart of Poly Prep in the finals. The Blue Devil is your returning Mayor’s Cup champion from a year after he defeated Tottenville’s David Traub in the finals last year. After trailing early, Ryan got a late reversal in the second period, followed by three near fall points to take the lead. Bonjean-Alpart came out firing in the third, but the effort was not enough. Ryan won an 8-6 victory, claiming his first ever Mayor’s Cup individual championship.

1st – Jimmy Ryan, Monsignor Farrell
2nd – Dove Bonjean-Alpart, Poly Prep
3rd – David Traub, Tottenville

Revenge was the story of 126 lbs. #1 Matthew Mina of Brooklyn Tech and #2 Jayden Cardenas of Grand Street were destined to meet for a shot at Mayor’s Cup gold. However, Poly Prep’s Will Nipon almost had something to say about that. It took a gritty 8-6 overtime decision for the Grand Street star to secure his chance at a rematch with Mina. A month ago, Brooklyn Tech and Mina traveled to Grand Street for a huge dual between the then #1 and #3 teams in the city. The match started with fireworks as Mina kicked things into high gear by pinning Cardenas in the first period. Cardenas returned fresh off an injury that left him out of the Eastern States Classic last week, but looked hungry this time against Mina, this time knocking off the Engineer 8-6 to secure his first Mayor’s Cup championship. Get used to hearing the name Jayden Cardenas.

1st – Jayden Cardenas, Grand Street
2nd – Matthew Mina, Brooklyn Tech
3rd – Will Nipon, Poly Prep

In case you didn’t know…David Berkovich is good at wrestling. The Poly Prep standout dominated his way to another Mayor’s Cup championship by completely dismantling #2 Zacc Romero of Brooklyn Tech. Romero came out firing, but great wrestlers never stop wrestling. Berkovich wrestled through the position and found Romero on his back early to set the tone for a match that entirely erased any and all hope for anyone in the city trying to own the 132 lbs. weight class. Unranked Jamie Berg of Horace Mann found his way to the podium, finishing with bronze after topping fellow unranked opponent, Lucas Olsen of Xavier in the consolation finals. Berg was hot early as he dominated #5 Pedro Cruz of New Utrecht in the quarterfinals.

1st – David Berkovich, Poly Prep
2nd – Zacc Romero, Brooklyn Tech
3rd – Jamie Berg, Horace Mann

Staten Island and Tottenville had itself another champion, as very talented and returning 4th place finisher from last year’s tournament, #3 Craig Sampson won his first championship. In the semifinals, Sampson defeated returning city champion #1 Quincy Howard (Benjamin Cardozo) 6-5. In the finals, the Tottenville talent continued to impress as he defeated returning Mayor’s Cup finalist Liam Harvey of Poly Prep 5-3. We are excited to watch the potential Howard/Sampson rematch at this year’s City Championships…this time with a state berth on the line.

1st – Craig Sampson, Tottenville
2nd – Liam Harvey, Poly Prep
3rd – Quincy Howard, Benjamin Cardozo

The Lions of Monsignor Farrell had themselves champion number four as senior Anthony Lanza finally won his first Mayor’s Cup. Despite moving down to 145 lbs., Lanza showcased an incredible gas tank all tournament. Facing #1 Jonathan Chong (Benjamin Cardozo) in the semifinals, Lanza came out with a close 5-3 overtime victory and then continued to keep his foot on the pedal as he faced former teammate #2 Jack Reusing (Brooklyn Tech) in the finals. After jumping out to a huge lead, Reusing saw his lead fade quickly. A phantom stalling call allowed this match to go to overtime, but Lanza’s pace was too much. He came away with a quick takedown and an 11-9 decision to claim gold. In consolation action, #1 Jonathan Chong suffered another defeat, this time to #2 Arthur Mabaka of Fordham Prep for bronze honors.

1st – Anthony Lanza, Monsignor Farrell
2nd – Jack Reusing, Brooklyn Tech
3rd – Arthur Mabaka, Fordham Prep

#1 Bogie. #2 Luperon. How. Fun. Was. That. WOW! The returning city champions put on one of the best shows of night during the first period of the 152 lbs. finals. A year ago, Daniel Bogie of Eagle Academy fell in the finals while Abimael Luperon was relatively still unknown. Fast forward one year and this match was one of the most anticipated of the day. In the end, Bogie’s experience and raw speed was too much for the Grand Street state qualifier. Bogie claimed Eagle’s first of two Mayor’s Cup champions by pinning Luperon in a cradle later in the match. Forest Hills got on the board in consolation action as unranked Andrew Brown battled his way to a third place finish. The senior from Queens was relatively unknown coming in, but be sure to tune into the new rankings this week as he will be featured!

1st – Daniel Bogie, Eagle Academy
2nd – Abimael Luperon, Grand Street
3rd – Andrew Brown, Forest Hills

Riddled with injuries mid-season, Grand Street was able to pick up championship honors from two athletes fresh off injuries. Senior standout Demitreus Henry demolished anyone and everyone in his path yesterday, and he did so on one and a half legs. Can Henry make a run in Albany? We like to think so, especially on two full legs.

1st – Demitreus Henry, Grand Street
2nd – Vin Ndokaj, Monsignor Farrell
3rd – Eduard Dzhioev, FDR

Gevorg Arakelov wins gold. The kid has been around the wrestling world for awhile now, and has paid his dues along the way. Entered as the #1 ranked wrestler at the weight, the Queens talent battled his way to gold for Maspeth High School. Arakelov needed a stingy top game to knock off MSIT captain Jeffrey Geller. Geller entered the tournament unranked after making previous appearances in the Gotham City Wrestling rankings. He lacked a big-time win on his resume, but he easily changed that in the Mayor’s Cup semifinals after knocking off #2 Sean Gillespie of Petrides. The relatively even weight at the top four found Brooklyn Tech’s Andrew Grechko rounding out bronze honors after giving Gillespie his second loss of the day.

1st – Gevorg Arakelov, Maspeth
2nd – Jeffrey Geller, MSIT
3rd – Andrew Grechko, Brooklyn Tech

This was a two-man race from the get-go. #1 Odean Gray and #2 Victor Marzano were destined to wrestle in the Mayor’s Cup finals. The two titans had very different paths leading up to Saturday night’s finals from a year ago. Grand Street did not compete in the Mayor’s Cup a year ago due to competition dates, and Victor Marzano finished as runner-up to eventual state runner-up Simon Chee. Even more interesting, Gray was at 160 lbs. while Marzano was 195 lbs. The wrestling gods were at work when a year later Gray finds himself up two weight classes and is Marzano down one. The highly anticipated final did not disappoint as #2 Marzano upended #1 Gray by a 4-2 decision thanks to his signature arm throw.

1st – Victor Marzano, Poly Prep
2nd – Odean Gray, Grand Street
3rd – Jonathen Perez, Monsignor Farrell

The top three at 195 lbs. are in a different league. #1 Dylan Nerich, #2 Emre Mabocoglu, and #3 George Grigalashvili have been battling one another all year. The 2018 Mayor’s Cup was no difference in story. A semifinal victory for the James Madison star over Midwood’s Mabocoglu evened out the year-long series at two wins a piece, and granted Grigalshvili a spot in Saturday night’s finals against #1 Dylan Nerich of WC Bryant. The powerful and athletic Nerich ended up being too much for the big man from Brooklyn. The Queens superstar won Mayor’s Cup gold by way of a 5-2 decision.

1st – Dylan Nerich, WC Bryant
2nd – George Grigalashvili, James Madison
3rd -Emre Mabocoglu, Midwood

Rounding out the tournament with seven individual champions from Staten Island, #1 Leo Rabinovich won his second consecutive Mayor’s Cup championship. Walking his way through the tournament, Rabinovich compiled three falls before getting a 17-6 major decision over #4 Francis Tawiah Petrides. The upper-body oriented wrestler showed his dominance and put an exclamation point on Tottenville’s team championship.

1st – Leo Rabinovich, Tottenville
2nd – Francis Tawiah, Petrides
3rd – Elijah Vasquez, Grand Street

Jayson Gomez got a second shot at Mayor’s Cup gold…and he did not take it for granted. He beat up everyone is his path and put a stamp on the 2018 Mayor’s Cup championship by pinning Javan Pastoriza of Curtis. He finished with a technical fall and three falls in one of the more dominating heavyweight performances we have ever seen.

1st – Jayson Gomez, Eagle Academy
2nd – Javan Pastoriza, Curtis
3rd – Justin Anderson, Springfield Gardens


99 – #1 Ryan Gaynor (Tottenville) vs.  #3 Frank Gioia (Farrell) DEC 11-9 SV
106 – #1 Terry Adams (Farrell) vs. #5 Frank Kost (Farrell) TF 18-3
113 – #1 David Correa (Tottenville) vs. #2 Dan Alexander (Fordham Prep)
120 – #1 Dove Bonjean-Alpart (Poly Prep) vs. #3 Jimmy Ryan (Farrell) DEC 8-6
126 – #1 Matthew Mina (Brooklyn Tech) vs. #2 Jayden Cardenas (Grand Street) DEC 8-6
132 – #1 David Berkovich (Poly Prep) vs. #2 Zacc Romero (Brooklyn Tech) MAJ 14-5
138 – Liam Harvey (Poly Prep) vs. #4 Craig Sampson (Tottenville) DEC 5-3
145 – #2 Jack Reusing (Brooklyn Tech) vs. #3 (152) Anthony Lanza (Farrell) DEC 11-9
152 – #2 Abimael Luperon (Grand Street) vs. #1 Daniel Bogie (Eagle Academy) FALL
160 – #2 Vin Ndokaj (Farrell) vs. #1 Demitreus Henry (Grand Street) MAJ 14-6
170 – Jeffrey Geller (MSIT) vs. #1 Gevorg Arakelov (Maspeth) DEC 6-5
182 – #2 Victor Marzano (Poly Prep) vs. #1 Odean Gray (Grand Street) DEC 4-2
195 – #1 Dylan Nerich (WC Bryant) vs. #3 George Grigalashvili (Madison) DEC 5-2
220 – #1 Leo Rabinovich (Tottenville) vs. #4 Francis Tawiah (Petrides) MAJ 17-6
285 – #1 Jayson Gomez (Eagle Academy) vs. #5 Javan Pastoriza (Curtis) FALL

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