This season Beat the Streets had over 102 wrestlers compete in the Philadelphia Public League Sectional Tournament with 52 of those wrestlers qualifying for the District 12 tournament. Among the district qualifiers, 8 wrestlers were members of Beat the Streets youth wrestling programs.
Last weekend at the District Tournament 28 public league BTSP wrestlers qualified for the regional tournament, including 10 former BTSP youth wrestlers from both the public and private leagues. Of note, Caesar Fountain, of Father Judge, a former participant of the Martin Luther King Youth Club Team, won a district title at 138 pounds. Other public league wrestlers that won District Titles, were Central’s Gerrit Roscioli at 160 pounds, Martin Luther King’s Craig Duren at 182 pounds, and South Philadelphia High’s Miles Lee at 195 pounds.
Craig Duren made history on back to back weekends, first becoming the Philadelphia Public League’s all time wins leader with his victory in the Public League Finals. Then last weekend, becoming Martin Luther King’s first ever District Champion.
Mile’s Lee won his second district title, and was crowned the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, an award he also won at the Public League Championships the week before. This weekend at the North East Regional Tournament at Bethlehem Liberty, Miles will look to win a Regional Title and qualify for his second State Tournament in Hershey Pennsylvania. The top 4 placers advance, and BTSP is hopeful that other public league wrestlers will punch their tickets to states as well.