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City wrestling on the rise with successful tournament

Posted by Justin Rice  January 21, 2013 12:30 PM

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Two wrestlers compete in the second annual junior wrestling tournament (Boston Youth Wrestling)

The second annual Junior City Wrestling Tournament was a huge success as flocks of people came to TechBoston Academy to show their support for wrestling within the city.

The attendance compared to last year’s tournament was nearly doubled and it has Boston Youth Wrestling’s founder optimistic about city wrestling.

“It was outstanding. Even more kids came than we were expecting. There were more parents. There was a lot of great wrestling,” Jose Valenzuela said.

The tournament was set up in a round-robin style so that each wrestler would face everyone in their weight class. Coaches then voted among the wrestlers with the best records for the Outstanding Wrestler Award.

Three city wrestlers stood out among the group, including two with undefeated records. Clayton Rodrigues from the Frederick School and Oliver Xu of Roxbury Latin each went 4-0 in the tournament. Jimmy Lynce of TechBoston Academy also wrestled well, going 3-1.

“Wrestling is viable, strong and on the rise in the city,” Valenzuela said.

The coaches voted Jack Socialoia, a Catholic Memorial wrestler registered at 96.5 pounds, as the most outstanding wrestler for the lightweight class. Dan Williamson, a 150-pounder from BC High, took home the honor for the heavy weights.

Williamson was able to pin every wrestler he faced.

Valenzuela added that the tournament was very successful in terms of fundraising for Boston Youth Wrestling, which can only mean great things for the future of city wrestling.

“We can build on this for years to come,” Jose Valenzuela said. “I’ve tried to highlight wrestling around the city and this showed city wrestling is proving itself.”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at kannoyoungs.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @KannoYoungs.

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