2013-04-25 / Sports

Canarsie Girls Wrestling Team Caps Regular Season Victory Over New Dorp

By Jerry Del Priore


Miranda Gilbert, who wrestled tough after hurting her ankle, stares down adversary. Miranda Gilbert, who wrestled tough after hurting her ankle, stares down adversary. With the PSAL inaugural Girls Wrestling regular season coming to an end and a number of teams on Canarsie’s heels as it jockeys for playoff positioning, coach Keith Conrade knew it was paramount for his squad to beat New Drop in order to have any shot at the second seed behind Curtis.

After defeating the Lady Central Cougars, 22-10, Tuesday at home, Conrade believes the Lady Chiefs (6-1) have just about locked up the number two spot, as they await the official word from the PSAL, he noted.

“It was huge. Had we lost this, we really would’ve ended up in a muck of somewhere (between) number two and number five,” Conrade explained. “Winning this tonight, I think it pretty much secures number two for us.”

Although Conrade isn’t looking past anyone, he hopes to face Curtis in the championships and exact revenge on the team who handed Canarsie its only loss of the year.


Coach Conrade congratulates team after meet for a job well done. 
Photos by Jerry Del Priore Coach Conrade congratulates team after meet for a job well done. Photos by Jerry Del Priore “I want to see Curtis in the finals,” he exclaimed. “I want to beat Curtis. I want to take it away from them!”

But, whatever happens going forward, it won’t take away from a campaign that he says has already surpassed whatever he envisioned for his team.

“I am ecstatic. They’re doing a great job,” the veteran coach said. “They’re doing way better than anything I could ever have imagined. They’re going beyond expectations.”

It seems that Conrade isn’t the only one who’s been impressed with the girls’ overall performance.

“We have staffers who came out this week and bought the sweatshirts; they wanted to buy the apparel,” he said. “They come down, support, and they watch. People stay after school and come and see it. People are really getting behind the girls, which is awesome.”

Nikkiann Mitchell started Canarsie off by winning her match on points, followed by Keandra Weeks pinning her opponent for a 5-0 lead. But New Dorp went ahead after earning two straight pin victories, including one against a hobbled Miranda Gilbert, who hurt her ankle during the bout, for a 6-5 advantage.

Ahead 8-6 after a forfeit win, Asaskia Thomas earned a hard-fought pin victory to widen the Lady Chiefs’ margin to 11-6. Thomas’ gutsy effort seemed to inspire Canarsie as it rolled off four consecutive wins, with Beverly Opuiyo, Kaliasha Garrett, Fataya Larry, and Bria McLaurin all coming out on top for a commanding 22-6 lead.

“That was huge for the team and also for Asaskia personally. She’s been having a tough time because she’s in a tough weight class,” the former Chaminade High School wrestler explained. “For her to go out there and go to three periods and win on points, and really work at what we been working at in the (wrestling) room, was awesome.”

The Lady Chiefs await seeding for the playoffs, which begins Tuesday.

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