2x NCAA All-American Youssif Hemida captured the famous "stop sign" yesterday at the U23 National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska. The NYS Champion from Mamaroneck (Section 1) took down some stiff competition at 125kg, going 6-0.
His signature win came in the finals over current Iowa heavyweight Anthony Cassioppi, 8-7. Youssif seem to be in control leading 6-3 after 1 however Cassioppi scored 4 points right out of the gate in period 2 to take the lead 7-6. The Maryland Alum then secured a takedown to take the lead for good.
Hemida's triumph didn't come easy. His first two bouts went the distance, 5-0 and 4-2 respectively. The 4-2 win came over 2020 Big 12 Champion Brian Andrews of Wyoming. Youssif hit his stride thereafter posting 3 straight wins in dominating fashion, 2 techs and a fall setting up a monumental final against Cassioppi.
Former Section 2 standout Jesse Porter of Shenendehowa captured the 77kg title in Greco-Roman this past weekend at the U23 national championships. Porter is a Greco specialist to say the least and his arsenal was on full display in Omaha.
Jesse's two wins came against current tOSU grappler Fritz Schierl and current Wisconsin Badger Tyler Dow. Two formidable opponents that couldn't gain any momentum against Porter. Porter controlled both bouts winning 11-0 over Schierl and 11-1 in the title bout over Dow. Porter's relentless attacks kept both opponents off balance and unable to spark any offense what-so-ever.
Yousiff Hemida and Jesse Porter may have stole the show with their championship runs, 18 other NYers finished with an all-american status next to their name this past weekend in Omaha.
Three female grapplers stood out in women's freestlye all taking the silver medal. In Junior, Michela Beck and Joye Levendusky battled tooth and nail to make the finals. Beck posted three straight 10-0 techs before dropping a tight 4-2 decision to Gracie Figueroa at 59kg. In similar fashion, Levendusky posted back to back techs before running into a buzzsaw in Kennedy Blades in the finale. Blades took out Joye 11-0. The trio of silver medalists was Cheyenne Sisenstein at 53kg, U23. Cheyenne's road didn't come as easy as the other two however methodical wins of 4-0, 5-2 and 8-1 put her in the finals against Ronna Heaton of SKWC. In the finale, Heaton's 6 straight points proved too much for Sisenstein as she couldn't rebound, losing 6-1.
Levendusky didn't disappoint on the U23 side either taking 3rd place overall. Other notables taking the bronze medal were Poly Prep Standout Lenny Merkin (67kg, U23-Greco) and Muhamed McBryde (79kg, U23-Free) and Brianna Csontos (65kg, Junior-Free).
Mia Macaluso - 57kg, Junior-Free
David Berkovich - 74kg, Junior-Free
Bobby Treshock - 67kg, Junior-Greco
Sophia Mirabella - 55kg, U23-Free
Brianna Csontos - 65kg, U23-Free
Evan Barczak - 74kg, U23-Free
Jacori Teemer - 74kg, U23-Free
Sophia Mirabella - 53kg, Junior-Free
Grace Pauls - 55kg, Junior-Free
Parker Kropman - 70kg, U23-Free
Mia Macaluso - 57kg, U23-Free