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.

Ricky Sun was awarded the “True Grit Award” given annually to the wrestler who displays the grit exemplified by Huang Wei Speicher. Pictured with Ricky are Coach McKoy (JQUS), Coach Gibbons (BLS), and Josh Speicher.

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!

MIAA Sectional Placers (High School) [Names in BOLD Qualified for State Championships]

  • Nick Centeio, John D. O’Bryant School, 6th Place

  • Malcolm Chrispin, Boston Latin Academy, 3rd Place

  • Ray Liang, Josiah Quincy Upper School, 5th Place

  • Ricky Sun, Josiah Quincy Upper School, 6th Place

  • Jaseed James, Josiah Quincy Upper School, 6th Place

  • Julian Wise, Boston Latin School, 3rd Place

  • Joe Prior, Boston Latin School, 6th Place

  • Max Sonderegger, Boston Latin School, 5th Place

  • Olamadide “Larry” Adeyeri, Boston Latin School, 1st Place

  • Owen Kirkpatrick, Boston Latin School, 6th Place

  • Paul Curran, Boston Latin School, 2nd Place

  • RJ Petrucelli, Boston Latin School, 4th Place

  • Theo Sawyers, Boston Latin School, 5th Place

  • Will Sobchuk, Boston Latin School, 6th Place

MIAA State Placers (High School)

  • Olamadide “Larry” Adeyeri, Boston Latin School, 5th Place

  • Paul Curran, Boston Latin School, 6th Place

MIAA All State Placers (High School)

  • Olamadide “Larry” Adeyeri, Boston Latin School, 8th Place

MWA Sectional Placers (Youth/Middle School) [All Wrestlers Below Qualified For States]

  • Keon Austin, [School], 5th Place

  • Navid Hodjat, Unattached, 6th Place

  • Aydin Hodjat, Unattached, 5th Place

  • Graeme Dierks, Boston Latin School, 8th Place

  • Henry Stratman, Boston Latin School, 3rd Place

  • Hiolng Wong, Josiah Quincy Upper School, 8th Place

  • Julius Fontiello, Josiah Quincy Upper School, 5th Place

  • Vincent Wong, Josiah Quincy Upper School, 2nd Place

  • Vismark Melo, Dearborn STEM Academy, 4th Place

MWA State Placers (Youth/Middle School)

  • Julius Fontiello, Josiah Quincy Upper School, 3rd Place

  • Vincent Wong, Josiah Quincy Upper School, 2nd Place

Youth New England Championships Placers (Youth/Middle School)

  • Julius Fontiello, Josiah Quincy Upper School, 8th Place

Malcolm Chrispin (Boston Latin Academy) places 3rd at the MIAA Division 3 Central Championships, becoming the first-ever state qualifier for his school.