In addition to the college action that took place at the Grapple at the Garden on Sunday, New York high school and middle school wrestlers also took the mat in the World's Most Famous Arena.
That action included the conclusion of the Beat the Streets/PSAL Thanksgiving Dual Meet tournament, won in impressive fashion by Monsignor Farrell. The squad bested Brooklyn Tech 41-22 in the final round to finish off a dominant few days of action.
To get to the title bout, Farrell cruised through the earlier competition, including a trio of victories on Saturday against Horace Mann, Cardozo and Eagle Academy in pool play. The CHSAA school had at least 54 points in each match and none of the matches were within 30 points.
Brooklyn Tech was also in control throughout pool action, with victories over James Madison, Fordham Prep and Poly Prep.
Earning bronze on Sunday was Fordham Prep by virtue of a triumph over Eagle Academy. Sixteen teams took part in the event.
Middle School Champions are Crowned
Several middle school champions were crowned in New York City as well, including Outstanding Wrestler Justin Bierdumpfel of Scorpions (NJ), who won his three bouts by a combined score of 18-0 on his way to the 77-pound title. After earning All-America honors at the Tulsa Nationals a few weeks ago, Dylan Ryder of 631 Elite came up big again, taking gold at 84. Beat the Streets NYC had a trio of titlewinners at the event -- David Berkovich at 91, Jaden Ramirez at 175 and Nasir Rasheed at 190.
The brackets can be found here.
The championship bouts were:
77: Justin Bierdumpfel (Scorpions) over Chase Shields (Bishop McDevitt) 2-0
84: Dylan Ryder (631 Elite) over Ryan Zimmerman (Triumph) 2:16 (pin)
91: David Berkovich (BTS NYC) over Patrick Gould (Dark Knights) 4-3
98: Richie Koehler (Shore Thing) over Anthony Dushaj (Olympic) 6-0
105: Travis Tavoso (George Washington Middle School) over Danny Fongaro (Boonton) 7-5
112: Kyle Slendorn (Farmingdale, NJ) over Andy Lombard (Rhino Wrestling Club) 10-3
120: Jack Chesman (Olympic) over Russell Benson (Hazlet Middle School) 5-2
128: Ethan Dolan (Long Valley) over Connor Thomas (Yorktown Athletic Club) 9-5
136: Robert Patrick (Young Guns) over Joseph Yanis, Jr. (Minisink Valley-Underground) 22-3
144: Grayson Dolan (Long Valley) over James Carney (Red Nose) 1:30 (pin)
152: Michael Petite (Piscataway) over Daniel Brothers (Monsignor Farrell) 0:38 (pin)
175: Jaden Ramirez (BTS NYC) over Kendrie Gonzalez (BTS NYC) 3:36 (pin)
190: Nasir Rasheed (BTS NYC) over Dylan Budnik (Cranford PAL) 0:44 (pin)
210: Calvin Hayford (Winooski Vermont) over John Moran (American Top Team) 0:33 (pin)
For more on these events, see The Beat the Streets website.