Resident Athletes

Nestor Taffur brings a wealth of both international and collegiate wrestling experience to the NYC RTC. Following a successful high school career at Bound Brook High in New Jersey, Nestor went on to wrestle for Boston University where he became one of the program’s most successful wrestlers. A four-year starter, Taffur went 119-47 as a member of the Terriers to become the all-time wins leader.  While at Boston University, Nestor became an EIWA Champion, 2x NCAA Qualifier and fell just one win shy of All-America status at the 2014 NCAA Championships. 

Since being part of the NYC RTC Nestor has accumulated a long resume of international experience and success including but not limited to becoming 3x World Team Member (2017, 2018, 2019), 3x Colombia National Champion (2016, 2017, & 2018), a 2018 Cerro Pelado Bronze, and a 2015 US Open All-American. 

Evan Henderson attended Kiski Prep in Saltsburg, PA.  A three-time Pennsylvania State Champion Evan Henderson continued his wrestling career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he wrestled for the Tar Heels. While there he collected a 125-35 career record and achieved All-American status twice. Along with that, he was a four time NCAA qualifier and a two-time ACC tournament champion.  After graduating from UNC he joined the Campbell University wrestling staff as an assistant coach in the 2016-17 season while continuing his efforts on the senior freestyle circuit.  After a year with the Fighting Camels at Campbell University, he joined Badger RTC in Madison, Wisconsin.  After a brief stay in Wisconsin, Evan took the opportunity to join the NYCRTC and train under coaches Kendall Cross and Valentin Kalika.

He success during his time as a NYCRTC resident athlete include a gold medal finish at the 2018 Dave Schultz Memorial, a 6th place finish at the 2018 US open, as well as two  4th place finishes at the United States World Team Trials (2017 & 2018)

Mitch Finesilver joined the NYCTC at the start of September 2019 after graduating from Duke University where he was a 2019 NCAA All American and ACC Champion. While at Duke, he was a 4x NCAA Qualifier, 4x ACC Finalist, and 2x Southern Scuffle Finalist. During Mitch’s senior year he garnered NCAA academic All-American honors and was selected the ACC wrestling scholar athlete of the year. He graduated in May 2019 with a bachelor of science in Evolutionary Antropology.

Mitch is originally from Greenwood Village, CO and has 3 other brothers (Zach, Matt and Josh) who competed with him while at Duke.