Program Overview

Few sports can match the intensity, physical prowess, and concentration demanded by wrestling. Poly’s Head Coach Konstantin Avdeev is a multi-time medalist with the Soviet Union National team and shares his expertise with Poly wrestlers. From the home base of the Novogratz Center for Athletics, Avdeev runs a program that stresses the importance of fundamentals, nutrition, and sportsmanship, his lessons carrying into the students’ homes and classrooms. And it’s hard to argue with the results on the mat, as the two-time New York State Private School Coach of the Year has developed more than 30 All-Americans at Poly, with the 2017 NYSAIS championship and the 2020 Ivy Prep League title highlighting the team’s successes in recent years, as well as multiple NYC Mayor’s Cup private school championships. Numerous Poly Prep wrestlers have gone on to compete at the NCAA level including at Stanford, NYU, Columbia, Princeton, The Naval Academy, the University of North Carolina, Gettysburg, and Wesleyan.

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Poly Prep Wrestling
Poly Prep Wrestling
Poly Prep Wrestling
Poly Prep Wrestling
Wrestling Highlights

#1 NYSAIS Champions (2017, 2018, 2023, 2024)
#1 Ivy Prep League Champions (2020, 2022, 2023, undefeated 2024)
2023 NYSAIS Coach of the Year
34 Prep School All-Americans
NY State Private School Champions (1993-2000, 2014-2016)
2016 National Prep (10th Place)
2018 National Prep (20th Place)
#1 Independent School NY Mayor’s Cup Champions (2019, 2020)
Wrestling Coaches

Konstantin Avdeev
Head Coach

Business Phone: (718) 836-9800 ext. 3980
Education: Francisk Skorina Gomel State University (Belarus), BS

Konstantin Avdeev was born in the central Russian city of Krasnoyarsk, he began frequenting his local wrestling club at age 10, and was named to the Soviet Union National team in 1984. His competitions have taken him around the world, Avdeev won tournaments in China, Mongolia, and Moldova, along the way claiming the best technician award at the 1989 USSR Cup. Shortly after moving to the United States, Avdeev brought his experience to Poly as an assistant wrestling coach in 1993, eventually becoming head coach in 1999.  Avdeev remains confident in his ability to maintain an elite program: “We’ll find talent and we’ll make them better,” he says. He has guided more than 30 Prep School All Americans and twice earned New York State Private School Coach of the Year honors.

Career Accomplishments

  • Soviet Union National Team 1984-1992
  • USSR Cup 1989 Best Technician Award
  • USSR Cup 1990 Bronze Medal
  • USSR Cup 1991 Bronze Medal
  • Champion of Belarus 1986-1992
  • International Tournament (Mongolia) Champion
  • International Tournament (China) Champion
  • 2x International Tournament (Moldova) Champion
  • International Tournament (New York, USA) Champion
  • International Tournament (Germany) Silver Medal
  • International Tournament (Iran) Bronze Medal
  • International Tournament (Russia) Bronze Medal
  • International Tournament (Turkey) Bronze Medal
  • 2x Empire State Games Champion
  • USSR Cup 1989 Most Outstanding Wrestler

Coaching Highlights

  • Coached Prep School All Americans 33
  • 1995 Coached Russian International Team at World Duals
  • New York State Private School Coach of the Year 1999 and 2015
  • Has placed student-athletes in Division 1, 2 & 3 Schools including F&M, UPENN, Gettysburg, Emory, NCU, NYU, Lehigh, Columbia, Princeton, University of Chicago, Navy Academy, Wesleyan University and Stanford.
Wrestling Facilities

Wrestling action takes place in the state-of-the-art Novogratz Center for Athletics, which features an enhanced sound and lighting system with a spotlight over the main wrestling area. 

Poly Prep Wrestling Facilities
Poly Prep Wrestling Facilities
Poly Prep Wrestling Facilities
Poly Prep Wrestling Facilities
Featured Athletes

Henry Morris '21

Henry has been part of Poly's dominating wrestling team since 9th grade. He's an Ivy Prep League champion, a NYSAIS champion, and took home the NYC Mayor’s Cup in the 2019-2020 season for "Most Outstanding Wrestler."

Anisha Khanna '21

Anisha broke the gender barrier on Poly's wrestling team in the 2018-2019 season. “The team is welcoming, fun, and wrestling has taught me many things: hard work, dedication, and resilience. Having a positive outlook can drastically change what kind of a fight you put up on the mat and this lesson can be transferred off the mat too.”