On February 16, 2017, Brooklyn Tech Boys Wrestling team walked in to Petrides Gym as the second seeded team and walked out as NYC PSAL Wrestling Champions.
Despite facing a tough crowd, The Engineers were unfazed and determined. They put on an upsetting show for the crowd as they defeated Petrides 42-28. It was an evenly matched dual meet and an anticipated final. Both team had the city’s best wrestlers according to Gotham City Wrestling. There were 20 top six wrestlers of NYC at the dual meet.
Brooklyn Tech was able to walk away with the title because of the outstanding performances by the seniors, who stepped up and led the team. Though Tech lost the first match of the night, Chris Panagakos got a huge pin to tie the score. Two more seniors stepped up and put nine more points on the board for Tech.
Then came the lightweight showdown, Brooklyn Tech’s Kai Yudelson’20 got a pin and Anthony Ferrara’17 followed up with another pin to put Tech on top. Then Matthew Mina’18 and Zacc Romero’19, PSAL individual city champions, got two wins. The dual ended when Joshua Wong ‘17 came up with a pin to seal the deal for the Engineers.
The Engineers continued to dominate as Murad Ramanazov’17 won the last match of the dual. Ramanazov remarks that “It’s ironic how wrestling is such an individual sport, yet we are closer as a team than any other sport.”
As they celebrated the victory, Rafi Khan’19 describes it as “ truly mesmerizing to have that banner in our possession and to win back the title that was rightfully ours since the beginning. it was the happiest I’d been in a while.” Brandon Wan’18 reflects on the past season, “we lost the title for 2 years straight, and it drove us to work tirelessly to restore the Team Title to Tech, where it belongs.”
“Despite losing 4 starters this team put in a lot of effort and hours to win the title. I am proud of every one of my teammates and glad that I was able to be part of this sport for 3 years.”- Akbar Haider’17