by Yaakov Kurlantzick(’16) and Naftali H. Horowitz(’16)

The MTA Lions, having placed seventh last year, astounded the Yeshiva wrestling world by taking third place at the 20th Annual Wittenberg Wrestling Invitational Tournament. With two wrestlers taking first place, two taking second place, two taking third place, one taking fourth place, two taking fifth place, the rest of the team winning multiple matches and two of the captains being awarded the only two prestigious awards given to the best wrestlers at the competition, the LIONS had an incredible team this year.

Though we are losing two amazing senior wrestlers, we are hoping to see many new aspiring champions be welcomed to the team over the next year. Taking third place was an amazing accomplishment for the MTA LIONS and with eight soon-to-be seniors, a score of juniors and sophomores, and future freshman; we plan on taking first next year at the Annual Wittenberg Tournament.

Below are the results:

  • MTA placed 3rd as a team out of 15 teams from all over the US
  • Naftali Horowitz (’16) placed 1st in the 138lb weight class and received the Most Outstanding Wrestler
  • Award Michael Amuev (’15) placed 1st in the 145lb weight class and received the Dominator Award
  • Yosef Kurlantzick (’16) placed 2nd in the 152lb weight class
  • Yaakov Kurlantzick (’16) placed 2nd in the 170lb weight class
  • Izzy Frasko (’16) placed 3rd in the 220lb weight class
  • Aron Fried (’16) placed 3rd in the 285lb weight class
  • Akiva Axel (’16) placed 4th in the 120lb weight class
  • Noah Dure (’18) placed 5th in the 195lb weight class
  • Alex Knapp (’17) placed 5th in 285lb weight class

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