On Saturday and Sunday December 3rd-4th, the Bryant Winter Dual Classic will take place at W.C. Bryant High School in Queens. Wrestlers will be coming from as far as Oklahoma to take part in this exciting event.
The tournament will be broadcast on NFHS Network. Matches begin at 9:00 AM both days, with J.V. competitions taking place between Varsity matches.
“We wanted to start the year with the highest level of competition to see where we stand with New York State’s best,” said Bryant Athletic Director/Assistant Coach Peter Cardone. After all, he points out, wrestlers improve by facing tougher competition. Cardone will be working with Bryant Head Coach Joe Goetz, Assistant Coach Joseph Weinstein, and Assistant Coach Raheem Williams.
This tournament will consist of varsity round robin duals and Junior Varsity individual matches, helping to develop the J.V. wrestlers with this unique opportunity.
Teams slated to attend the competition include Massapequa 1, Massapequa 2, Monsignor Farrell, Westhampton Beach, Bryant, Petrides, Tottenville, and the Newcastle team from Oklahoma.
Tottenville and Petrides are two of the top teams in NYC alongside division champions Bryant. “[John] Cichon and [David] Olah,” the coaches at these schools, respectively, “are great coaches and share the same vision of growing the sport of wrestling that is aligned with ours.”
The other teams from New York state have proven records of competitive success, with Monsignor Farrell of Staten Island, a top Catholic League wrestling program, producing a number of Fargo All-Americans.
The team traveling the greatest distance to compete, Newcastle High, has been in talks with Bryant for a year to arrange the bouts. “The Newcastle wrestling program is highly respected and has produced a plethora of Oklahoma section champions,” Cardone said.
“The goal of being a high school wrestling coach is to provide opportunities for young men and women to develop into the future leaders of this world. The second goal of being a high school wrestling coach is to grow the sport of wrestling,” Cardone said. “By kicking off the season with a tournament of this magnitude, it will grow the sport and promote more athletes to join.”