January 30, 2018 | After a long wait, the Wrestling Jamboree—the first competition of the Beat the Streets LA 2017-18 season—was held at Fremont High School on January 21, 2018.
The event was originally scheduled for December 10th, but the effects of the Creek Fire in Sylmar forced the event to be rescheduled. Despite the wait, the jamboree provided a critical opportunity for many new Beat the Streets LA wrestlers to practice the skills they have been learning at our 18 currently operating programs. Parents and fans packed the stands to cheer on more than 100 wrestlers from start to finish. Medals were awarded to the top 3 finishers in each weight class.
Mulholland Middle School, who just started wrestling practice two weeks prior to the event, participated in the jamboree. Coach Seamus Sullivan said, “It’s a bit scary when you are new, especially with only 2 weeks practice but guess what these kids did? They went on the mats – big eyed from panic – shook their opponent’s hand and wrestled their tails off! Four out of 6 medalled. That’s awesome!” He continued, “All these wrestlers can be great on the mat but my mission is to make sure they learn the tools necessary to be great human beings.”
It is coaches like this, and events like this wrestling jamboree that provide the opportunity for Beat the Streets LA to fulfill our mission of empowering and transforming the lives of youth through the sport of wrestling.
Special thanks to John C. Fremont High School Principal Luis Montoya for his support of this event on short notice. Volunteers from the community and the Belmont HS and Fremont HS wrestling teams ensured that the event ran smoothly by assisting with registration and set-up, scorekeeping, staging and brackets, and even stayed to roll up the mats at the end. Thank you for your help and support.
Next up, the Winter Jamboree at Canoga Park High School on February 11th!
Complete photo album coming soon.