Adis Radoncic of Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy recently won his second Mayor's Cup title. He is also a 2-time PSAL Division 2 Champion and is training hard with this year's state tournament in mind. Recently he took the time to answer some questions about his season.
It felt a lot different, less exciting. Last year when I won it was exciting and a goal I had, but this year, I just felt as it was a stepping stone, because I am thinking of bigger things, and that is winning my state championship.
Well I was a lot smaller last season. The change to 170 isn't much different, just a little less weight to cut. I feel comfortable at the weight.
The initial plan was to hold the Division 1 portion over the course of two days, but due to the incoming weather -- dubbed Winter Storm Nemo -- the Saturday portion has been cancelled and all activities will be taking place on Sunday for both Divisions. The tournament is being held at Truman High School in the Bronx (MAP). The schedule is as follows:
Sunday, February 10th
7:00am: Doors open, check scales open
7:30am – 8:30am: Weigh-Ins
9:00am: Coaches Meeting
9:30am – 12:30pm: Round of 16
12:30pm – 3:30pm: Quarters and Consolation Round of 8
3:30pm – 5:30pm: Championship Semi-Finals
3:30pm – 6:00pm: Consolation Quarters
6:00pm – 8:00pm: Championship Finals, Consolation Round of 4
8:00pm: Coaches Meeting for State Qualifiers
8:00pm – 10:00pm: 3rd, 5th, 7th place matches --> Semifinal losers will wrestle for 3rd, and the consolation semi-final round will be eliminated
Sunday, February 10th
12:00pm: Check scales open
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Weigh-Ins
1:00pm: Coaches Meeting
2:30pm – 5:00pm: All rounds through the championship finals
6:00pm – 8:00pm: Championship Finals
8:00pm: Coaches Meeting for State Qualifiers
Seattle-based start-up gives over 100 pairs of socks to NYC youth
NEW YORK, New York (February 7, 2013) – Beat the Streets Executive Director, Jim Fallis, is pleased to announce the donation of over 100 pairs of New York Skyline Socks for the benefit of our New York City student-athletes. “We want to thank Ben Johnson and Skyline Socks for their generous donation, which has really struck a chord with our Beat the Streets wrestlers.” Skyline Socks is a Seattle, Washington based start-up.
The socks, serendipitously made in the BTS NYC colors of Orange and Black, are made with the greatest city on Earth’s most recognizable landmarks: the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building, among other city skyscrapers.
These striking socks were donated by founder Ben Johnson as a way to “put on for your city” and help those most in need within the communities the socks represent.
The donated socks made their debut during the Grapple at the Garden event at Madison Square Garden. Many of the competing BTS wrestlers wore them at the first wrestling event ever held at the World’s Most Famous Arena. Since then, a buzz has persisted within the NYC wrestling community about how to get one’s hands on a pair – and feet into them.
Beat the Streets Executive Director Jim Fallis said, “I know there have been a lot of requests made for them, after our kids were seen wearing them at the various tournaments. They look great and they’ve become a crowd favorite.”
More socks will continue to be seen at the city and state championships as BTS wrestlers finish the season. This coming weekend, 30 student-athletes qualify for the New York State Tournament held at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY on February 22-23.
The socks and the eight City’s that are represented can be viewed and purchased at www.SkylineSocks.com.
About Skyline Socks
Skyline Socks’ mission is to create an awesome, high-quality product that sprouts awareness, looks good, and makes a difference in the community. We believe that it is important to give back and provide support locally – or as we like to say, “Put on for your city.” For every pair purchased, we will donate a pair of new socks to someone in need in your city. Socking the nation, one pair & one city at a time. Join the movement and “Put on for your city.”
About Beat the Streets
Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. works directly with the New York City Department of Education in a public-private partnership to help New York City's student-athletes achieve their personal and athletic goals. Through the operation of wrestling programs in middle and high schools in the five boroughs, BTSW and the DOE provide a safe, positive atmosphere in which disadvantaged and at-risk youth can learn the essential life skills of physical fitness, teamwork, and self-empowerment. The goal of fostering strong, dedicated, and optimistic kids is delivered through coaching, after-school programs, and mentoring. More information can be found at www.beat-the-streets.org.
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John Zarcone has always been around wrestling. He competed at Smithtown HS and later at SUNY-Cortland. Following college, he started his coaching career and eventually became the head coach at Grand Street Campus in Brooklyn. For years, Coach Z's teams have been among the best in the city, and his 2007 and 2012 squads were each crowned as PSAL Dual Meet Champions. Recently, he took some time to answer a few questions.
I know this question is directed at me, but there are many people who are responsible for the great tradition at Grand Street. I had a vision and I shared it with all of the right people. They were able to see my passion about the sport of wrestling so they felt they had to give me a chance. The key people that I am referring to are my Principal, William Jusino, and my Athletic Director, Bernard McIlwain. Keeping the tradition going has meant a ton of hours outside of the practice room and outside of the season for the coaches and the athletes. You have to really love something to put in the kind of hours I am talking about. Once you set high expectations, you have to stick with them.
Brooklyn Tech won their second PSAL Dual Meet Championship in the past three years on Tuesday night, January 29th at FDR High School in Brooklyn. They beat upstart Cardozo High School by a score of 52-14, winning 11 of the 15 matches and earning bonus point victories in seven. They started off with four straight victories, racing out to a 19-0 lead, and never looked back.
The match started at 126 lbs.
126 – William Hernandez (BkTech) maj. dec. Yun Tam (Cardozo) 10-1
132 – Andy Huang (BkTech) fall Justin Dong (Cardozo) 1:09
138 – Jacky Zhen (BkTech) default (technical violations) Steven Kim (Cardozo)
145 – Max Garkusha (BkTech) dec. Tommy Qu (Cardozo) 10-4
152 – Taqee Burns (Cardozo) dec. Camilo Gaitan (BkTech) 10-6
160 – Rinat Ibragimov (BkTech) fall Vance Caines (Cardozo) 5:29
170 – Fabian Bramwell (Cardozo) dec. Ben Fenyves (BkTech) 6-0
182 – Olaleye Ojo (BkTech) fall Alex Sun (Cardozo) 5:23
195 – Kevin Tynes (BkTech) fall Henry Chen (Cardozo) 2:39
220 –Khamron Boothe (Cardozo) dec. John Kotlyarskay (BkTech) 3-0
285 – Shaquille Williams (BkTech) fall Chijioke Ezenyilimba (Cardozo) 0:51
99 – Neel Deychoudhury (BkTech) dec. Jacob Delgado (Cardozo) 5-3
106 – Adam Gomez (Cardozo) tech fall Julian Polin (BkTech) 17-0
113 – James Rosado (BkTech) dec. Doug Chau (Cardozo) 6-4
120 – Devon Hoyte (BkTech) dec. Rex Villa (Cardozo) 7-4
Tonight at 6pm, Brooklyn Tech will wrestle Benjamin Cardozo for the PSAL Dual meet title. The match will take place at FDR High School in Brooklyn. Both teams enter the meet undefeated in League competition, but after that their similarities vanish. Brooklyn Tech is the perennial power; Cardozo is the new kid on the block.