By Jahongir Davronov ’18
Damn Midwood, back at it again with being one of the best in the city.
Eight students had competed to be the best in the city on January 11 and 12 in the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) City Championships. All of them placed in the top eight in their respective weight divisions. Daniel Pavlov ’18 and Jahongir Davronov ’18 both placed third.
Davronov lost his first bout, but managed to step on the podium. Pavlov lost his ticket for the finals at the weight class 195 lbs. to the top seat, Simon Chee of Benjamin Cardozo, who won the city championships and placed second in New York State two weeks later. A tough match indeed!
“We did our best, but we could’ve done better,” said Pavlov.
Other grapplers including Carlos Gomez ’19, Olexandr Pustovoyt ’18, Raja Ali ’18, Abdullo Omonullaev ’18, and Jack Gwertzman ’18, and Brett Davidson were also successful, placing top eight.
“I think I did pretty well this season considering the fact that this was my first year wrestling,” said Gomez.
Mr. Mike Dowd finished his first season as a main coach. “We had a good bunch of kids with dedication who really seem to enjoy wrestling. The season would have continued on to the team playoffs if it wasn’t for the unfortunate loss to Edward R. Murrow,“ he said.
The team’s best wrestler was missing in action, plus, they had to forfeit the weights 220 and 285 pounds most of the year, instantly losing by 12 points in the beginning.
“We were disappointed for not making it to playoffs because we knew there were many teams we could’ve beaten,” said Mr. Dowd. “But we made up for it with a strong finish in the individual championships.”
Last year, the team came in second in the toughest division in the city and fourth in the team playoffs. Mr. Dowd said this was a rebuilding year for the guys with the fact that nine guys made it to the cities. He is content that this year’s city placers are not seniors and will be returning next year.
The assistant coach, Tyson Palmer, was also a tremendous help to the wrestling team. “Team looks good and are hardworking,” said Mr. Palmer. Mr. Dowd also complimented on his coaching experience and leadership skills.
The captain, Orts Lamroe ’17, is very proud of the team. “Even though we couldn’t go to the playoffs, the guys worked hard and pushed through,” said the captain. “Fifth place in the city is still a big triumph.”
The wrestling team is looking forward for next year and the coaches think they will be one of the best next year. They are searching for new recruits. Please talk to Mr. Dowd in room 256 if you are interested.