Golden Girl: Longwood’s Burkert Pins Her Way to 2009 Junior National Women’s Title

When you think Longwood wrestling, what names immediately come to mind? Kerry McCoy perhaps? How about Nick Hall Sr.? In the long and prestigous history of Longwood, there have been countless individuals that have added to the rich tradition… and as of Monday July 20th, a new name has officially etched HERSELF into the sands of time…Jenna Burkert….Burkert, who despite attending Marquette Senior High School in Michigan (in order to train as part of the USOEC), still considers Suffolk County home, became the first Empire Stater in 2009 to win a National title when she pinned Randi Beltz of Missouri with :29 seconds remaining in the opening period to win the 132-pound bracket at the Junior National Women’s Freestyle Tournament in Fargo, N.D….Winning the crown puts an emphatic cap on what has been an extremely impressive year for the rising junior. In March, Burkert won the USGWA National title with a 12-5 decision over former 2x National Champion, Hanna Martin…Martin (Oklahoma) was also a national champion this afternoon, winning the 116-pound weight class. Continue reading “Golden Girl: Longwood’s Burkert Pins Her Way to 2009 Junior National Women’s Title”

Sayville Wrestling on the March

The Sayville WC has their best NYS Greco Roman & Freestyle Tournament ever with 10 wrestlers earning All State Honors. Each of the 12 Wrestlers brought home a coveted NYS Championship Medal. This is at least twice the number of place winners the WC has ever compiled in previous years.

Broom County, NY – 5/8 thru 5/10

Jody Haas (Sayville, Class of 2010) sets the bar as Sayville WC brings home 12 All State Wrestlers from the NYS Freestyle & Greco Roman State Championships

The WC has their best NYS Greco Roman & Freestyle Tournament ever with 10 wrestlers earning All State Honors. Each of the 12 Wrestlers brought home a coveted NYS Championship Medal. This is at least twice the number of place winners the WC has ever compiled in previous years.

Jody Haas was the Most Outstanding Wrestler for the WC while making the state finals before being defeated by the #1 Ranked Wrestler in the USA, Kyle Dake of Section IV. Jody competed in the toughest weight class in the tournament in route to the tournament final.

Sayville WC Place Winners

Cadet Division

Michael Payne/125, 4th Place – Greco Roman Michael Payne/125, 4th Place – Freestyle Justin Bonamico/130, 6h Place – Freestyle Geoff Teague/140, 6th Place – Greco Roman Jamel Hudson/135, 6th Place – Freestyle Joseph Sanchez/285, 6th Place – Freestyle Steven Leshinger/152, 4th Place – Greco Roman Steven Leshinger/152, 4th Place – Freestyle

Junior Division

Jody Haas/152, 2nd Place – Greco Roman
Zach Bass/135, 5th Place – Greco Roman
Alan Gomez/119, 2nd Place – Greco Roman Alan Gomez/112, 2nd Place – Freestyle

Mat Notes: Chris Siracusa/112 finished just shy of All State by going 5 rounds into the tournament. Chris competed in the largest weight class in the event. Travis Pitre/145 was also one round away from placing in the tournament. Sayville WC finished 6th in Team Scoring for the Junior Greco Roman and within the top 10 in all other styles. The WC has now completed in 8 tournaments this Spring in 4 different states. Jody Haas; Michael Payne; Steven Leshinger & Alan Gomez qualified for the National Championships to be held in Fargo, North Dakota in the summer of 2009. (The top 4 place winners automatically qualify)