The second annual City Junior Wrestling Championships will be Saturday, at the TechBoston Academy.
In addition to TechBoston/Dorchester and Frederick, the participants from last year’s championship, Boston Youth Wrestling has also expanded to the Irving and McCormack middle schools. Along with the four BPS schools, private and parochial schools are also expected to join in the action.
Jose Valenzuela, the founder of Boston Youth Wrestling, started the organization with a team of just a couple Dorchester high school students. Since then, the organization has grown to having 110 participants in four middle schools and three high schools.
“The main idea is to support the coaches at these schools and get these kids on the wrestling mat,” Valenzuela said. “We want to expand the opportunity for wrestling but we're also trying to give them the skills they need for life.”
Valenzuela added that while these students are improving in wrestling skills, they are also increasing their perseverance, gaining strong discipline and learning how to put effort in everything they do.
The championship this Saturday should be another opportunity for an abundance of students to improve on these life skills while improving their overall wrestling game.
The founder is inviting anyone who wants to see the great wrestling in the city, as well as anyone interested in volunteering as a referee, scorer, or concession worker.
Details on the tournament are below:
Location: TechBoston Academy, 9 Peacevale Rd
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