North Andover, MA – On Sunday March 11th, Boston wrestlers concluded the winter season with strong performances at the 12th Annual Youth New England Championships held at North Andover High School. With over 880 wrestlers in this year’s tournament, our Boston wrestlers competed against the best competitors in the six-state region. This year, BYW qualified seven wrestlers through their placement at the Massachusetts Youth State Championships. Three wrestlers this year placed in the top 7, an impressive haul for the program, and two secured medals for finishing in the top 5 in their weight classes.

Youth New Englands Middle School Division (Grades 7-8)
130 lbs Edwin Perez (Quincy Upper School) – 7th Place
136 lbs Matthew Mitchell (St. John’s Prep) – 4th Place
169 lbs Raymond Liang (Quincy Upper School) – 5th Place

On February 18th, BYW brought 17 wrestlers to compete at the Massachusetts Youth State Championships at Reading Memorial High School. By placing six wrestlers on the medal stand, BYW finished the tournament in 5th place as a team (with 74 points), its highest team finish in program history. In addition, BYW had two state finalists, a record for the program. Aydin Hodjat finished runner-up in the 103 lbs weight class, in a tightly contested match, while Vincent Wong finished runner-up at 188 lbs.

Massachusetts Youth State Championships Novice Division (Grades 5-6)
103 lbs Aydin Hodjat – 2nd Place

Massachusetts Youth State Championships Middle School Division (Grades 7-8)
124 lbs Malcolm Chrispin (Latin Academy) – 4th Place
130 lbs Edwin Perez (Quincy Upper School) – 4th Place
136 lbs Matthew Mitchell (St. John’s Prep) – 3rd Place
136 lbs Connor Kewley (Latin Academy) – 6th Place
169 lbs Raymond Liang (Quincy Upper School) – 3rd Place
188 lbs Vincent Wong (Quincy Upper School) – 2nd Place

Congratulations to all of our place-winners, their coaches, and their teammates for the incredible effort they all put into their training and preparation this season. A special shout out to our families, volunteers, and donors that continue to support this amazing group of young men and women that use the sport of wrestling to alter the trajectory of their lives.