Wrestling Returns to the Aux Nest

Wrestling Returns to the Aux Nest
Posted on 01/29/2020
Wrestling Returns to the Aux Nest

The Flatbush Varsity wrestlers got their first competition action under their belts on Wednesday night (1/29) when they hosted a tri-meet, welcoming competitors from DRS and Madison HS, with the Falcons going 4-1 in their five bouts on the evening at the Aux Nest in Brooklyn, NY.

 Wrestlers Warm Up

Though the squad this season is relatively small, after many weeks of going head-to-head among themselves Head Coach Michael Amuev and Assistant Coach Jake Stein took advantage of the opportunity to get their youthful grapplers a first look at what it is like to wrestle competitors from other schools in the friendly confines of the Aux Nest. All three team members, who are working hard with the goal of being ready when the annual Wittenberg Invitational Tournament rolls around in mid-February, were nervous but excited for the chance to assess their progress against unfamiliar opponents.

 Ronnie Hidary

First up was Ronnie Hidary, and he impressed right off the bat. Needing less than one round, Hidary methodically turned his DRS opponent and soon heard the official's slap of the mat, indicating victory by pin!

 Josh Baum

Next up to get his first taste of action was Josh Baum. Baum faced off against another Brooklynite, this one from nearby public school Madison. The young Baum scored first, taking down his opponent for the early two points. The more experienced wrestler from Madison soon recovered, though, and began building up a large number of points. Though Baum faced a number of near pins, he never quit, working out of each tricky situation to survive in the bout. Baum battled through three periods, eventually losing by technical fall when the point differential reached 15. It would be the only falcon loss on the night, but his coaches were very pleased with what they saw from Baum. It was a very impressive performance.

 Hidary Wins 

Hidary would have two more bouts with DRS wrestlers, winning both. His second victory came as he held off a late charge on the final seconds to win, 11-8; the third bout was won by technical fall as he outdistanced his Wildcat opponent on points.

Baum Wins 

Baum had one more bout, the final one for Flatbush, and after escaping a near pin, he turned the tables and pinned his Wildcat foe for his first career victory on the mat!

 Wrestlers Await

Flatbush's third wrestler, Joseph Cohen, was on hand, but was recovering from an ilness and so did not compete. But, these Falcons showed they are on the right path as they march towards Wittenberg!

 Flatbush Wrestling

NEST NOTES: The Flatbush Wrestling team will have two more tune-ups before heading to Paramus, NJ for the 25th Annual Wittenberg Invitational. They will go toe-to-toe with the JEC Thunder on Thursday, 2/6, in Elizabeth, NJ, then will head east to Great Neck, Long Island for a Sunday match with North Shore on 2/9.

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