The 2018 Junior League season came to a close on December 16 as Beat the Streets hosted its annual Junior League Championships, held this year at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx.
The Junior League Championships serve as the culmination of the middle school league Beat the Streets created and this year’s tournament proved to be its most competitive ever. Over 315 wrestlers from all five boroughs participated this year, setting a tournament record and marking the first time more than 300 competitors hit the mat at the event.
In the standard boys’ division, Eagle Academy for Young Men (272 points) and head coach Jon Khoury were able to fend off a strong challenge from coach Alex Karpov and the K-Wrestling Club (192 pts) to win the team championship. Rounding out the top three on the boys’ side was M.S. 129, led by coach Tyrone Webb.
Coach Webb, who also coaches the M.S. 129 girls team, led the best overall performance of any program by leading his team to a runner up finish in the standard girls’ division (49 pts), making his squad the only one to secure top-three places on both sides. Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy and head coach Ethan Srebnick claimed first place for the girls with 66 points and Lions Wrestling Club, led by coach Pete Hamm, earning bronze with 48 points.
The novice division was won by Robert Wagner Middle School (190 points), with Roosevelt Island (96pts) and M.S. 181 (92.5 pts) taking second and third, respectively.
"The Strength of New York City wrestling was clearly present at the City Championships. Every year, our youth become more competitive and I could not be prouder of every wrestler who went out to have fun, compete to win, and overcome challenges in their way." – Eagle Academy head coach Jonathan Khoury
“The goal of every tournament is to come out better than you went in. Going in, I wasn’t going to change anything because of the tournament and I performed better than I expected. I look back every day to see how I can improve in time for Nationals, where my dreams will become reality.” - MS 129 8th grader Sulayman Bah
“This was Inwood Academy's fourth year attending the Junior League City Championships and the tournament has seen exponential growth in that time. Our team really enjoyed the experience and challenge that the championship gave them. Inwood had 2 wrestlers walk away as City Champions: Sujeydy Matos and Adrin Baez.” - Inwood Academy head coach Andrew Dos Santos
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