Following a loss in his quarterfinal match, Scarsdales Jacob Berkowitz felt it was time to relax.
I was hesitant and a little nervous in my quarterfinal match, Berkowitz said. After that, I felt I had nothing to lose.
Berkowitz bounced back and finished fourth in the 182-pound weight class in the 10th annual Eastern States Wrestling Classic at Sullivan Community College on Saturday.
It was Berkowitzs first appearance at the prestigious tournament and he became the first Scarsdale wrestler to place in it.
Berkowitz, the fourth seed, pinned and had a technical fall in his first two matches before his loss in the quarterfinal round.
I wanted to make the next match go my way, Berkowitz said. I did that by getting in and finishing my shots and controlling the matches.
Berkowitz decisioned Alex Wadel of Wantagh (Long Island) 7-3 and then Levi Ashley of Shenendehowa, 7-1, in his first two consolation matches. He trailed Greenes Keegan Cerwinski, the third seed, in a semifinal before rallying to even the score and then pin him.
Leading 1-0 in the consolation final, Warsaws Tim Schaefer registered a reversal in the final 10 seconds to shock Berkowitz.
I am a little disappointed about the final outcome, but I look at the loss as a learning experience, Berkowitz said. I am happy about the way I wrestled and this is a good precursor to sectionals and hopefully states.
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