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Boston Youth Wrestling opens summer training center

Posted by Zolan Kanno-Youngs  May 10, 2013 02:00 PM

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City wrestlers now have the opportunity to sharpen their skills throughout the spring and summer.

As a result of Boston Youth Wrestling's work with the Boston Center for Youth & Families, the Roxbury/Mission Hill Training Center has been opened to the youth of the city, completely free of charge.

The Training Center is located at the Crossfit on the Hill at 123 Terrace Street in Roxbury.

City wrestlers need only complete a registration form by the Training Center's first practice, which is Saturday (May 11).

Practices will continue every Saturday until July 13.

"The practice for our fifth-seventh graders will run from 12:30-2 p.m. and our practices for eighth-12th graders will run from 2-3:30 pm, although all wrestlers are welcome to stay and participate throughout the whole three hours the gym is open," Boston Youth Wrestling director Jose Valenzuela said.

The program is limited to 40 wrestlers in both age groups (20 in Grades 5-7 and 20 in Grades 8-12). Preference will be given to past participants of the Boston Youth Wrestling program.

Wrestlers who participate in either age group will be eligible to compete in the Annual Bay State Games at UMass-Boston July 5-6.

There also will be scholarships available to attend the Carl Adams BU Wrestling Camp for free.

"Criteria for determining who will be eligible to participate in either summer opportunity will be based on attendance, scholarship, and citizenship," read the Boston Youth Wrestling press release.

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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