Pretty impressive…Ben Villaret’s, one of the first Beat the Streets middle school wrestler coming through the system from Monsignor Farrell HS is participating in the World’s largest age group event in wrestling.
The USA Wrestling National Championships for Cadets and Jr’s annually attracts over 4500 wrestlers from 48 states each year.
What is most impressive is the quality of the wins. They are scored against states who are the top tier in the United States.
California, Minnesota and Ohio are very deep with quality wrestlers every year and usually dominate the tournament in all 3 styles. Idaho is fast becoming a top tier state.
New York use to be, but we are not anymore in the top tier. We are somewhere between 6-10.
Ben will be entering his senior year and has set his goals very high. He has it all…the skill sets, a mother who believes in wrestling, great coaches, motivators and above all, the individual passion required to become a champion.
This is not easy to do….winning 4 matches…there are 6 more to go….
Junior-152 – Ben Villaret’s place is unknown.
Match #1 Ben Villaret (N York) over Jordan Cox (Idaho) Dec 2-2,1-2,1-0
Match #2 Ben Villaret (N York) over Travis Gallegoes (California) Dec 5-4,5-3
Match #3 Ben Villaret (N York) over Dawson Lovestrand (Minnesota) Fall 7-0,1:31
Match #4 Ben Villaret (N York) over Joe Schindel (Ohio) Dec 7-0,2-0
Another highlight is Arkansas.
They began wrestling under the same model as the Beat the Streets program. One man with a vision…bought a few mats himself and began wrestling at 4 high schools as a club after school.
Four years later, he was able sell the Arkansas Activities Association to adopt wrestling as a state activity. They now have 50 high schools wrestling and are making their first trip to the nationals in Fargo.
They have a pretty decent coach. Pat Smith, 4 time NCAA Champion from Oklahoma State.