Wrestlers Dominate The Mat

By Nicholas Pavlov ‘16

In interest of full disclosure, Nicholas Pavlov ’16 is on the wrestling team.

Midwood’s Wrestling team earned an outstanding victory on Monday, January 5 away from home against John Dewey high school. With a staggering score of 85-0, the Hornets had yet to lose a match this season.

The Hornets recorded five pins, two major decisions, and eight victories

“We were on a roll,” said second team captain David Nemirovsky, ’15 “ It’s always nice to see your teammates do well in their matches.”

Sam Uchenik’s eloquent pin in the third minute in the 170 lb matchup gave the Hornets a 64 point lead. 182 pounder Nicholas Pavlov ’16 added to the margin with a victory by major decision. Pavlov’s match ended with an 8-7 scoreline that guaranteed the Hornets triumph.

from forfeits to secure a 3-0 record this season. With previous victories against William E. Grady, Canarsie, and FDR, Midwood is on the verge of a sublime season. The Hornets began the match in tremendous fashion with Jahangir Davronov ’18 winning in the 120 lb matchup by major decision. The climactic and high scoring match gave the team four hard earned points.

Starting the match off strong has played a huge role in the Hornet’s victories.

“The first matches give the rest of the team momentum going forward,” said team captain Makar Tchekalenkov ’15. “We need every win we can get.”

Pins from Tchekalenkov, Brett Davidson ’18, David Tskhvedadze ’15, Zain Chamoun ’16, and Sam Uchenik ’15, underlined the team’s depth and experience.

“We were on a roll,” said second team captain David Nemirovsky, ’15 “ It’s always nice to see your teammates do well in their matches.”

Sam Uchenik’s eloquent pin in the third minute in the 170 lb matchup gave the Hornets a 64 point lead. 182 pounder Nicholas Pavlov ’16 added to the margin with a victory by major decision. Pavlov’s match ended with an 8-7 scoreline that guaranteed the Hornets triumph.

Forfeits for Jacob Kogan ’18, Pavlo Kharchenko ’16 and Cihan Mabocoglu ’16 improved Midwood’s score by 18 points, and the Hornets were able to seal their third win of the season. “Forfeits happen often,” said Mabocoglu, “but we must always be ready because we don’t know what to expect.”

The victory brings the team one step closer to a playoff spot this season. The Hornets haven’t made the playoffs since 2010, and expectations this year are higher than ever before.

“We want to be one of the top teams in the city at the individual championships and the team playoffs,” said team coach Mr. Dowd. Mr. Dowd believes practicing hard, keeping up enthusiasm, and correcting previous mistakes will lead to success. The Hornets have their foot on the gas pedal this season, and they show no signs of looking back.

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