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BTS Places Four at Eastern States Classic

By Beat the Streets, 01/16/19, 4:30PM EST


On January 11th and 12th, Beat the Streets traveled with 16 student-athletes upstate to Sullivan County Community College to compete in one of the toughest tournaments on the East Coast. The Eastern States Classic combines teams from New York as well as Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. While only 4 of our wrestlers placed, the team wrestled hard. Below is the BTS/PSAL roster for the 2019 Eastern States Classic:

113 lbs Brandon Fallon, Michael J Petrides 
113 lbs Mohamed Hassan, Franklin D. Roosevelt
120 lbs Kai Yudelson, Brooklyn Technical
132 lbs Marc Kleyman, James Madison
132 lbs Jayden Cardenas, Grand Street Campus
138 lbs Hector Rodriguez, Eagle Academy
138 lbs Zacc Romero, Brooklyn Technical
145 lbs Jack Reusing, Brooklyn Technical
145 lbs Quincy Howard, Benjamin N. Cardozo
152 lbs Mike Diforte, Michael J Petrides 
152 lbs Cyrus Smith, Edward R. Murrow
126 lbs Samme Buccellato, Bronx Science
106 lbs Hunter Hoo, Benjamin N. Cardozo
182 lbs Eduard Dzhioev, Franklin D. Roosevelt
195 lbs Michael Babbcort, Wingate Educational Campus
220 lbs Emre Mabocoglu, Midwood

Mat Musings:
"I love this tournament for a bunch of reasons. First, I love how it brings NYC wrestlers together before the state tournament. BTS brings up all of the NYC kids together, so it feels like PSAL against the world which I think really brings us together. Second, it is a true foreshadowing of states since most of the best NY wrestlers go and it even combines both divisions. I thought our wrestlers battled hard and while only four placed, I think many of them had their best tournament of the year. For those that didn't accomplish their goals (which is all of them because they expect to win it), I know they will be working hard the next month to change the result come States.” -Beat The Streets Coach Penn Gottfried

"Eastern states was a perfect opportunity for Psal to truly see the level of competition they will face through the rest of the state and to meet it. Psal stepped up to the challenge and I have no doubt in my mind that we'll see PSAL place winners in the state tournament this year in Albany, count on it." -Midwood Coach Tyson Palmer

“Every Beat the Streets kid, and coach, pushed me through the tough matches, and helped me place.” -Midwood Wrestler Emre Macobogulu

Emre Macoboglu took 3rd, Eduard Dzhioev took 4th, Zacc Romero took 6th and Michael Babbcort took 6th. This is Michael's second time placing at this tournament.

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