Yeshiva University Hosts 2011 Wittenberg Wrestling Tournament

More than 180 wrestlers from across the country filled the Max Stern Athletic Center on Yeshiva University’s Washington Heights’ Wilf Campus on February 21 for the championship finals of the 2011 Henry Wittenberg Wrestling Tournament. The tournament, now in its 16th year, is the highlight of the yeshiva high school wrestling year.

The weekend included a YU-sponsored Shabbaton, featuring words of inspiration from Alan Veingrad, a former NFL offensive lineman turned observant Jew.

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“Wittenberg gives Yeshiva high school students an opportunity to experience competition with likeminded students who not only share an interest in wrestling but also share the same Jewish values as well,” said Dr. Hillel Davis, vice president for university life at Yeshiva University.

When the dust settled, the Ida Crown Jewish Academy (Chicago, IL) wrestling team took first place at the tournament, with Torah Academy of Bergen County (Teaneck NJ) and The Frisch School (Paramus, NJ) placing second and third, respectively. Other participating schools included Yeshiva Atlanta (Atlanta, GA), North Shore Hebrew Academy (Great Neck, NY), DRS High School (Woodmere, NY), Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy (Elizabeth, NJ), Fuchs Mizrachi (Beachwood, OH), Kushner Academy (Livingston, NJ) and Yeshiva University High School for Boys / MTA (New York, NY).

The tournament is named for YU’s former wrestling coach and legendary Olympic medalist, Henry Wittenberg. Wittenberg founded the school’s wrestling program in 1955 and was the team’s first coach. He passed away last year at the age of 91.

For a list of team scores and results visit the Yeshiva Wrestling Web site.

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