Nearly 40 Beat the Streets student-athletes spent part of their extended weekend across the Hudson River competing at The College of New Jersey High School Open.
The TCNJ event was the first travel competition of 2018-19 for BTSNY and the group represented the organization well, winning the team title with 128 total points and bringing the largest contingent of wrestlers to the tournament.
Beat the Streets’ team victory was truly a collective effort, as the group – which featured city kids from the Bronx to Staten Island – earned seven consolation spots, four second-place finishes and one championship.
Midwood Academy senior Emre Mabocoglu and Wingate senior Michael Babbcort faced off in an all-BTS final at 223 pounds, with Mabocoglu winning a close match by decision, 5-3. Earning finalist status along with Babbcort were Jayden Cardenas of Grand Street (148), Jeffrey Geller of Staten Island Tech (173), and Brandon Bido of Eagle Academy (Eagle Academy, 185).
Contributing on the consolation side were David Correa (Tottenville, 129), Deston McFarlane (Curtis, 129), Noah Torres (Aviation, 141), Hector Rodriguez (Eagle Academy, 148), Elijah Perez (MLK, 155), Evan Meltzer (New Utrecht, 223) and Misael Borquez (223).
Full results from the event are available on the FloArena website.
"I really like this tournament for us to kick off the High School Folkstlye Season. Our kids battled hard, and while everyone might not have been in peak shape, they definitely showed improvement from last year and it makes me extremely excited to begin the season next month. Additionally, I love that the tournament is held on a college campus so the kids can take in that atmosphere. A huge thank you to TCNJ head coach Joe Galante and his staff for hosting the tournament and talking with the kids after about college in general." - Penn Gottfried, BTS Coach and Junior League Director
“I thoughts the tournament went great. I had tough matches against New Jersey kids, which I was able to overcome with sheer effort. My BTS friends were there to support me throughout the way. All in all, it was a great experience with BTS.” - Emre Macoboglu, Midwood Academy senior
"The tournament was great exposure for me before the season starts. It allowed me to see my strengths and see what weaknesses I have to work on for the upcoming season." - Michael Babbcort, Wingate senior.
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