YU Hosts 20th Wittenberg Tournament

Yeshiva High School Wrestlers From Across the Country to Take Part in Annual Competition

Yeshiva University will host the 20th annual Henry Wittenberg Wrestling Tournament from February 13 – 16, at the Max Stern Athletic Center on YU’s Wilf Campus. Sponsored entirely by Yeshiva University, the program will bring together 250 wrestlers from 15 yeshiva high schools across the country.

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The Wittenberg Wrestling Tournament runs February 13-16

In addition to the exciting competition, the long weekend will also include a Shabbaton complete with communal meals, spirited games, a tribute to YU Wrestling Coach Neil Ellman and tournament coordinator Brian Ostrow, and an inspirational lecture by two-time Paralympic Games gold medalist Marlon Shirley, the “World’s Fastest Amputee.”

“This weekend is the highlight of the yeshiva high school wrestling calendar,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, YU vice president of university and community life. “It is an opportunity for young Jewish athletes to bond with each other in a Torah environment, to be inspired, to elevate their wrestling performances, and to begin thinking about their ability to compete in a Shomer Shabbat collegiate environment that allows them to grow as Jews and citizens of society.”

Participating schools include Atlanta Jewish Academy (Atlanta, GA), Davis Renov Stahler (Long Island, NY), Derech HaTorah (Brooklyn, NY), Fuchs Mizrachi (Beachwood, OH), Ida Crown Jewish Academy (Chicago, IL), Kushner Academy (Livingston, NJ), Maimonides (Brookline, MA), Marsha Stern Talmudic Academy / Yeshiva University High School for Boys (New York, NY), New Community Jewish High School (Los Angeles, CA), North Shore Hebrew Academy (Great Neck, NY), Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy (Elizabeth, NJ), SAR Academy High School (Riverdale, NY), The Frisch School (Paramus, NJ), Torah Academy of Bergen County (Teaneck, NJ), and Westchester Hebrew High School (Westchester, NY).

The annual event preserves the memory of Henry Wittenberg, a former Yeshiva University wrestling coach and legendary Olympic medalist who founded the University’s wrestling program in 1955. Wittenberg passed away in 2010 at the age of 91.

Marking it milestone 20th year, the tournament will culminate on Monday, February 16 with words of encouragement from Ellman and Ostrow, the Championship Finals round, and an awards ceremony. The highlight of the  ceremony will be the unveiling of the Jack Merkin Most Outstanding Wrestler Award, which commemorates YU alumnus Jack Merkin, a talented student athlete who benefited greatly from the mentorship of Coach Wittenberg.

For results and complete coverage of Monday’s matches tune in to www.macslive.com.