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New York City Wrestles Tough at NYSPHSAA State Championships

By Sara Andresen, 02/26/19, 12:15PM EST


The best of the best in the State of New York battled it out this past weekend on February 22-23rd and our Beat the Streets athletes brought heart and determination to the mat. Thirty-two top NYC wrestlers—17 Division 1 & 15 Division 2—traveled up north to Albany with BTS, facing the toughest competition they’ve faced all season.  

Our athletes pulled together 20 wins throughout the tournament with 3 wrestlers leading the way:  

  • Matt Gatto (Petrides) - Division 2, 99lbs 
  • Brandon Bido (Eagle Academy) - Division 2, 182lbs 
  • Emre Mabocoglu (Midwood) - Division 1, 220lbs 

These three athletes fought to day 2 of the cutthroat tournament, falling short of placing by just one match. While the outcome may not have been the one that these athletes had hoped for, they maintained a positive attitude looking forward to training for next season.   

Michael Babbcort of Wingate said, “Wrestling at the state tournament was a great experience and even though I didn’t earn the outcome I wanted, my journey isn’t over it’s just beginning." And it is the beginning, with a bright freestyle season up ahead.  


Also present this weekend at States were three wrestlers from Farrell High School in Staten Island. Finishing off their senior seasons, Terry Adams battled his way to a fourth-place finish at 113lbs and James Ryan dominated his bracket at 120lbs with a straight shot to State Champion! 

Additionally, at Lehigh University this weekend, three NYC wrestlers from Poly Prep attended the 2019 National Prep Championships. Dove Bonjean-Alpart placed 7th at 126 lbs pushing him to All-American status and David Berkovich nabbed an impressive 2nd place cementing his record as a 2x All-American.  


Congratulations to all the wrestlers this weekend who capped off an exciting end to the 2019 folkstyle season and are leading the way for exciting developments to come in NYC wrestling.  

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