The Flatbush Varsity wrestling team started its inaugural dual meet season with flair on Sunday afternoon (12/3) with a dominating victory over DRS in Woodmere, NY.
It was a good test for a first meet, as the DRS Wildcats are also a young team and so it was the first taste of competition wrestling for many of the wrestlers on both rosters. Most of the first year Falcons who wrestled in the starting line up ended up defeating their opponents. Flatbush Senior Captain Yaron Sternberg showed why he is one of the most feared wrestlers in the region, pinning his opponent in the first period while hardly breaking a sweat. Senior Sam Burekhovich also registered a victory by pin in the shortest time of the meet – needing only 32 seconds to put his opponent away. Equally impressive was that Burk accomplished the feat while stepping up 20 lbs. in weight class – from 170 lbs to 190 lbs.
Jonathan Baum wrestled two opponents during the meet, winning both via pin. Additionally, Michale Lindner and OrDavid Menashe defeated their opponents by pin. Yonatan Guy won his bout on points, outscoring his Wildcat counterpart 20-14.
Sophomore Jacob Jakubov, who has been working hard over the summer having wrestled at a variety of wrestling clinics, faced the toughest task of the afternoon as he paired off against the Wildcats’ team captain. The DRS captain was in control at the outset, but Jakubov rallied for a big comeback and almost pinned the Wildcat with a strong cradle. However, when finishing the cradle he exposed his a back a bit too much. The DRS wrestler utilized that and reversed him, leading to a pin for the more experienced Wildcat.
Rookie David Lindner also turned in a top notch performance at 132 lbs., facing off against the lone participant in the meet from Westchester Hebrew HS. It was the closest bout of the meet, with the wrestlers needing overtime to decide a winner. That winner was Lindner, who scored the necessary additional point for the win.