Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

Two Junior League tournaments were held this past Sunday, November 19. Hundreds of Junior League wrestlers headed to Eagle Academy in the Bronx and Edward. R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn.  

During the Eagle tournament, Mikey Adams of Lions WC edged out Devone Bogie of Eagle Academy in a hard-fought finals match. Both Adams and Bogie are state place winners. The boys team champion was Eagle Academy and the girls team champion was Inwood Academy.  

The tournament at Eagle Academy had outstanding energy and parent participation. “Seeing parents get so excited, as well as the coaches and kids, really made for an awesome atmosphere,” said Penn Gottfried, Junior League Director. 

"This was a great precursor to our City Championships in a couple of weeks,” added Gottfried. He believes that the level of competition is increasing across the city, which means that the kids are learning and becoming more invested in the sport. Gottfried is counting down to the Junior League City Championships-- “19 days!" 

Dellel Adams, parent of Mikey Adams, appreciated seeing every kid on the mat, being able to display the skills they’ve learned and their sportsmanship while having fun. “It’s nice that they are friendly with each other even though they compete during a match-up," said Adams. 

The tournament at Murrow also had an impressive showingDavid Boody I.S. 228 Middle School won the team title with 201 points. Boody significantly outscored runner-up EWA (107 points) and Upper Ten Eyck (85 points). “Midway through the Junior League season, having captured their second team title, David Boody has emerged as the dominant team in Brooklyn,” according to Ken Bigley, PSAL Wrestling Commissioner and BTS Programming Consultant. 

In the Girls Division, Brooklyn Landmark took home gold with 27 team points. Myra S. Barnes finished second with 23 points, just edging out Excellence, which scored 22 points. In the Novice Division, LREI, which is a newcomer to the Junior league, scored 83 points, topping all other novice teams. LREI was followed by Christa McAuliffe (76 points) and EWA (49 points). 

Jacque Davis, Girls Development Director, noticed how excited the Junior League wrestlers were at Murrow, as well. Davis additionally feels like there has been a visible improvement from previous years in terms of attitude and skills.  

Davis noted how the kids kept showing off their Wrestler’s Mark medals and banners. “It was so awesome to see them so excited about winning it-- some of them were even more excited about it than their tournament medals!” 

Steve Perez, Grand Street Head Coach, and Darius Mikolajczak, Edward R. Murrow Head Coach, were also in attendanceBoth high school wrestling coaches were putting in the work to make a presence and recruit kids.  

Davis loved seeing two BTSNY alums acting as referees during the tournament. Vivian Vu (Brooklyn tech alum) and Natalie Johnson (Edward R. Murrow alum) were both working together on the matDavis feels that it’s a valuable connection to have BTSNY alumni involved in events with the younger generations, whether it be by coaching or refereeing. “[It is] also a huge stride for women in the referee world,” added Davis. 

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