Sag Harbor third grader Adam Busiello and his sixth grade brother John have been on a whirlwind tour of the wrestling world of late, competing in end-of-season tournaments upstate, New Jersey and Maryland.
The last tournaments have been regional qualifiers for the Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association (MAWA) eastern national championships, an Amateur Athletic Association (AAU) wrestling club with over 12,000 participants in 17 states.
Going up against the top qualifiers in the final MAWA tourney in Salisbury, Maryland May 1 and 2, Adam took the “midget” 66-pound Eastern championship, out-dueling his opponents in his last 11 matches and earning a pin to take the “Eastern national” title.
John, competing in the 86-pound “juniors” division, came away ranked fourth overall, no easy feat considering he started out in a 100-wrestler bracket.
Next up for the boys is a wrestling gala tonight in Manhattan on the U.S.S. Intrepid, a fundraiser for Beat the Streets Wrestling which provides wrestling opportunities for middle school and high school students in New York City and then a state-wide freestyle event this weekend in Bay Shore.
After that, it’s back to the ordinary world of school and Little League although the pair will soon re-commence their training with the RaZor Wrestling Club in Commack. They will wrestle locally in their off-season, occasionally working out in the East Hampton youth wrestling program.