York College, Jamaica, NY. January 16th – Grand Street Campus fended of Monsignor Farrell to claim the title of “Best In The City” and the 2019 NYC Mayor’s Cup Cliff Keen Wrestling Championships. Heading in to the championship finals Grand Street Campus held a narrow 165 - 151 lead over Farrell, but with finals wins at 99lbs, 113lbs, and 120lbs the Lions quickly took a narrow 165.5 – 165 lead. In the 132lb finals Grand Street Campus’s Jayden Cardenas faced off against Poly Prep’s Dove Bonjean-Alpart. The match between the two defending Mayor’s Cup Champions lived up to it’s hype. With the match tied 8-8 and 37 seconds left on the clock Cardenas cut Bonjean-Alpart to his feet giving the Poly Prep wrestlers a 9-8 lead. At the 20 second mark Cardens caught his opponent in an over under and threw Bonjean-Alpart to his back. At the 1 second mark the official slapped the mat for the pin giving Cardenas the 132lb title and his team an additional six points to reclaim the lead 171-165.5. Farrell’s last opportunity for points came in the 145lb finals, but Brooklyn Tech’s Jack Reusing put Farrell’s Ryan Siller to his back at the end of the first period; the fall sealed the team victory for Grand Street Campus. The top five teams on the day were Grand Street Campus (171 points), Monsignor Farrell (165.5 points), Tottenville (140 points), Brooklyn Tech (139.5 points), and Poly Prep (99 points). Full team scores can be found HERE.
The Championships Finals can be watched HERE on the NYC Mayor’s Cup Facebook Page.
The PSAL crowned 10 individual champions on the day, while the CHSAA claimed 4 individual golds, and NYSAIS put 1 on the top of the podium. Full brackets can be found HERE.
2019 NYC Mayor’s Cup Cliff Keen Wrestling Championships
99lbs: Michael Adams (Monsignor Farrell)
106lbs: Hunter Hoo (Cardozo)
113lbs: Terry Adams (Monsignor Farrell)
120lbs: Jimmy Ryan (Monsignor Farrell)
126lbs: David Correa (Tottenville)
132lbs: Jayden Cardenas (Grand Street Campus)
138lbs: Zacc Romero (Brooklyn Tech)
145lbs: Jack Reusing (Brooklyn Tech)
152lbs: David Berkovich (Poly Prep) NYSAIS MVP
160lbs: Mike Diforte (Petrides)
170lbs. Jeff Geller (MSIT)
182lbs: Eduard Dzhioev (F.D.R)
195lbs: Michael Babbcort (Wingate)
220lbs: Emre Mabocoglu (Midwood) PSAL MVP
285lbs: Alex Vasillou (St. Peters), CHSAA MVP
“My next goal is to win boroughs, win City’s, and then of course eventually win states.” - Jayden Cardenas
“I saw I was the number one seed so I took my shots. My goal is to make nationals at the end of February.” - David Berkovich
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