Beat The Streets - New York City Wrestling

The 2017 Junior League City Championship was held this past Sunday, December 10, at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. 250 Junior League wrestlers from 32 teams from all five boroughs wrestled in this co-ed competition, the culminating event for the fall Junior League season.  

In the boys division, Eagle Academy (Bronx) and Monsignor Farrell (Staten Island) fought tooth and nail for the championship team title. The finals scores show how competitive the matches were—Eagle (138.5 points) beat Farrell (136 points) and took the titleThough every match was fierce, there was no bitterness once the top team was announced. In fact, some of the Eagle and Farrell wrestlers embraced in the seconds following their matches. The youth wrestlers have learned sportsmanship and recognize that their wrestling family stretches to every NYC borough. The third place performance given by the David A. Boody (Brooklyn) boys team, an inaugural team, was also impressive. By placing so high in their first year, Boody has shown that they are a team to look out for. 

Inwood Academy (Manhattan) finished first (51 points) and took the team title in the girls divisionThis is the second consecutive year that the Inwood girls have achieved this. Though M.S. 129 (Bronx) took second (46 pints), this was no small feat; it is highly commendable to take second place with only three girls in the brackets!  By taking third place, Robert Van Wyck (Queens) also showed that they are a force to be reckoned with. More results for both divisions can be found here.

Andrew Dos SantosHead Coach at Inwood Academy, felt like this tournament was a great indicator of NYC wrestling being on the rise. As Dos Santos put it: "Pure adrenaline, unthinkable upsets, matches with college level energy and excitement—and this is only our Junior League!"  

Sulayman Bah, the 100 lbs champ from M.S. 129, went into this tournament with every intention of taking first place, viewing this tournament as a stepping stone for the State Championships. Bah also showed a level of wisdom, perhaps a sign of his off the mat growth: "It's kind of sad that for me to win, someone has to lose-- but that's just how life works and I will beat anyone to win."  

Penn Gottfried, BTSNY Junior League Director, was impressed not only by the level of wrestling and competition he observed, but also by the sense of unity. Though many of the Junior League kids have been competing against each other for a while now"they are also a family and work together for a common goal--to get better and to raise the level of NYC wrestling,said Gottfried.  

Though the fall season has ended, the champions from this tournament will not be taking a break-- they have qualified for a dual meet tournament next week in New Jersey. We will otherwise resume with 20 teams in the winter season following the holidays. As we support their year-round development, we look forward to seeing how the Junior League use what they have learned this season. 

 

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