On Sunday afternoon (12/31) the Flatbush Wrestling Team turned in the final Falcon competition of 2017 as they went head-to-head with one of the tougher programs in the area in MTA. Flatbush battled hard, but the more experienced Lions won the day on the mat at the school in Upper Manhattan, NY.
MTA is one of the more established wrestling programs among the area yeshivot (in fact, Flatbush’s Head Coach Michael Amuev is a product of that program) and as such would provide a good test to the young Falcons to see just how far they have come and get a sense of what is still needed to get the program to the upper echelon of the Yeshiva League. It was no surprise that the hosts won the Lion’s share of the bouts. Although Flatbush fell in all but one of the pairings, the Falcons to a man competed hard and held their own before eventually falling to their MTA counterparts.
The brightest spot for Flatbush came at the lower weight classes where Sophomore Jonathan Baum won his match by technical fall, outpointing his opponent 17-1. Another impressive performance was turned in by fellow Sophomore Jacob Jakubov, who was focused and brought great intensity to his bout. Said Coach Amuev of Jakubov, “his footwork and movement was really impressive; something I’ve never seen from him before.”
It was an eye-opening contest for many of the Falcons, for whom this was only their third time ever competing against another school opponent. And, it was clearly an experience to build on. Coach Amuev was rather proud of the effort put forth by his young charges. “The first year wrestlers who a few week ago couldn’t even stand in their stance correctly were putting up a good fight. They even scored points and takedowns on some very good wrestlers.”
It was a tough match, but it is definitely something that these Falcons will use going forward as they build towards the big contest of the season, the Wittenberg Invitational in February.