Boston, MA — In March, Boston Youth Wrestling concluded its sixth winter season as a program with some outstanding individual performances on the mat, and a lot of hardware collected on the way. On January 19th, during MLK Weekend, BYW hosted the X Annual City Championships at the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester. With over 100 participants, the tournament was a great example of the community that BYW has built in the city amongst groups of kids and families that are typically divided from each other in everyday life. With attendees from Boston’s private, public, charter, and parochial schools, all wrestlers competed in a fun and respectful atmosphere that embodied the vision that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. espoused so many years ago. To see photos for the event, click here.
On January 15th, Josiah Quincy Upper School played host to Boston Latin School in the annual Hoong Wei Speicher Match. The dual meet honors the late Hoong Wei Speicher, an administrator at the Quincy Upper School and the parent of a Latin School wrestler, who helped create opportunities for young people to grow and thrive. Speicher’s son was on hand to watch the match, which was hard fought at many weight classes. In the end, Ricky Sun was honored with the “True Grit Award,” an honor chosen by the match referee for the wrestler that best exemplified the characteristics that Hoong Wei Speicher taught to her students.
On February 10h, for the second year in a row BYW hosted the MWA Big East and Girls New England Championships at Madison Park High School. To read about that tournament and to see more photos from that day, click here.
We are excited to celebrate the successes of our wrestlers in postseason tournaments. Some of the highlights include the first ever sectional placers for two schools (Boston Latin Academy and John D. O’Bryant) and the first-ever state qualifier for one of our high schools (Boston Latin Academy). At the youth level, our Boston wrestlers continued our tradition of postseason success at the Mass Wrestling Association tournaments. For the third consecutive year, BYW qualified multiple wrestlers to the Youth New England Championships in March. Although our program measures the success of our wrestlers in their progress in the classroom and in life, the success of these student-athletes on the wrestling is a testament to their dedication and hard work, and the great coaching they receive. Congrats to all our wrestlers this season!