Gator Junior Wrestler Earns National Recognition

Olivia D., Sports Reporter

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There are many student-athletes in the ranks of Woodbury Heights Elementary School, but this year was extra-special for one second grader. Seven year-old JP B., a second-grader at WHES, had the opportunity to wrestle in a national tournament in Maryland in May. After a successful season wrestling with Gateway Junior Wrestling, during which he won over 30 matches and earned accolades including being selected as the Most Outstanding Wrestler at a Timber Creek tournament which featured over 300 wrestlers, he competed in several qualifying tournaments en route to this tremendous opportunity.

On May 6th and 7th, JP entered the 50th annual Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association (MAWA) Eastern National Championship tournament in the 60-pound weight class of the Bantam division. After losing in the first round of the tournament, JP wrestled back from the consolation bracket and was able to overcome the early adversity and place 3rd in his weight class and division. JP said that when he was wrestling he was happy and that this experience has changed the way he feels about wrestling. He enjoyed the tournament and felt a sense of accomplishment. 

Woodbury Heights Elementary School is proud of JP and his outstanding athletic achievement.

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