Seven Beacon Wrestlers Honored

Senior and eighth-grader named to all-section team

By Skip Pearlman

Seven members of the Beacon High School wrestling team earned post-season honors for the Bulldogs, who closed their dual-meet season at 15-5.

“We struggled with some injuries and forfeits along the way,” said Coach Ron Tompkins. “Some of them sacrificed to go up and down [in weight], but it was a close team, and they worked well together.”

Beacon eighth-grader Chris Crawford (File photo by S. Pearlman)

Senior Joe Maldonado, a team captain who finished with a 26-4 record at 160 pounds, was named to the Section 1 team and also earned all-league honors for the second year. Eighth-grader Chris Crawford, at 99 pounds, also earned All-Section and All-League recognition after a 34-5 winter that saw him earn a spot at the state tournament (where he went 0-2).

“Joe wrestled through some injuries, and came out of it well,” Tompkins said. “And Crawford is a tough kid. It was a nice accomplishment for him to make states as an eighth-grader. He has a bright future at Beacon.”

Senior captain Dirani Haynes (182 pounds), junior captain George Pinkhardt (285), senior Damani Bellamy (220), senior Adam Sovick (170), junior Javon Dortch (152), and freshman Dan Way (99) were also named to the All-League team.