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Ten city wrestlers qualify for states

Posted by Zolan Kanno-Youngs  February 5, 2013 01:50 PM

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Wrestlers from city schools accept their MYWA South Sectional Tournament trophy. (Photo courtesy of Boston Youth Wrestling)

This past weekend was another successful one for Boston Youth Wrestling.

The city team, represented by the Frederick, Dorchester/TechBoston, Quincy and McCormack schools, won the Massachusetts Youth Wrestling Association (MYWA) South Sectional Tournament.

Twenty four city wrestlers represented the four schools with 10 qualifying for the Youth State Championships at Algonquin Regional high school on Sunday, Feb. 17. While Boston Youth Wrestling director Jose Valenzuela was proud of the success of the city team, that was not his focus in the tournament.

“The main goal for this weekend was to bring as many wrestlers from Boston as possible, to give them all an opportunity to compete at the state-wide level,” Valenzuela said. “I would have been satisfied with any outcome from our wrestlers, but winning the tournament title was just an added bonus that really exemplifies the hard work and dedication of the wrestlers and coaches at practices around the city and the willingness of our teams to work together towards one mission.”

Wrestlers from the Frederick school did well in the tournament. Clayton Rodrigues (76 lbs) and Danny Paulino (175 lbs) placed first place for their respective weight classes. Jaraiel Wiggins (130 lbs), Tyreece Jeffreys (136 lbs) and Kelvin Santiago (160 lbs) all took home second place awards. Jahi James (195 lbs), from the Quincy school, also landed second place.

The other 14 wrestlers will be competing in the Big East Tournament at Reading high school, an end-of-season competition on Sunday, Feb. 10.

While the number of participants was a great sign for wrestling in the city, Valenzuela said there is a much deeper meaning in the success of the tournament.

“We certainly have a lot of talented wrestlers that proved they’re as good, or for some better, than other kids that have grown up on youth clubs or teams,” Valenzuela said.

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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