Boys Varsity Wrestling · Wrestling Impresses in Season Opening Contest on the Mats

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.

In the end, Head Coach Michael Amuev was decidedly pleased with the performance of his Falcons, especially those who were competing for the first time.  “I was truly impressed at the rate at which some of them have improved, and how they ultimately performed. They hit off techniques with confidence and little hesitation, as if they’ve been doing them for years already.  they were also in noticeably better conditioning than their opponents.”  Coach Amuev tempered his remarks with a dose of reality as well, noting that “nevertheless, there is still some noticeable work that needs to be done to further improve their technique for their foreseeable future competitions.”
NEST NOTES:  The Flatbush Wrestlers are back in action on Sunday, 12/10.  They will travel to Kushner for a multiple team meet.  In addition to the Falcons and the host Kushner Cobras, also present will be North Shore, JEC, Westchester and DRS.  The meet is scheduled with weigh-ins at 11:00 am with the actual bouts to follow.