We are extremely pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 Gotham City Girls Open Championship, sponsored by Cliff Keen Athletic! The Open will be taking place at Columbia University’s Dodge Fitness Center from April 22 through April 23.
The competing weight classes--Kids I, Kids II, Modified Cadet, and Junior-- will represent a wide cross-section of girls. Depending on their weight class, these youth, middle school, and high school wrestlers would have been born between 1997 and 2010 and will weigh anywhere from 45 lbs to 255 lbs. Last year’s 200 competitors hailed from 18 different states and four countries; this is expected to expand even further considering the significant yearly growth of the Open since 2014. If the past is any indication, some of our country’s future National, Pan Am, World Team Champions, and All-Americans will be competing.
With over 30 New York City schools participating in the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) Spring Girls Varsity Freestyle Wrestling season, expect to be impressed by hometown heroes. At the 2014 Open, six local high school girls became champions. At the 2015 Open, Curtis HS of Staten Island claimed the tournament team title, with multiple NYC girls becoming individual division champions.
As Jacque Davis, head girls’ coach for Beat the Streets, said earlier this year, “By getting some of the toughest global talent to compete at Gotham City, our girls get to see what women's wrestling really looks and feels like. It forces our girls to start training, thinking and competing a different way.”
Additionally, last but not least, we are excited to share the Cliff Keen gear that was made for 2017 Gotham! All Junior Finalists will be given “Finalist” singlets. Event t-Shirts and backpacks will be available for purchase at the event. It should be especially noted that the first 200 Juniors that check in on competition day will get a bag. Thank you, Cliff Keen!
We’re excited and counting down- 107 days away!