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Saturday, 5 January 2019 in Belmont, Massachusetts

The eighteenth Annual Brendan Grant Memorial Wrestling Tournament was once again a success, held at Belmont High School on its traditional calendar date of the first Saturday in January.

Unlike the last several years, this year the weather was more cooperative with rain that made it a great day to stay indoors. Further, this was the first year using the new on-line Kap scoring program from the website “arena.flowrestling.org”, and this made the entire day move along much more efficiently. Overall, the Tournament proceeded smoothly throughout the day using three mats for 13 teams.

By the end of the tournament, the Dedham squad came out on top as the first place team winner (similar to last year), edging-out East Providence. The final team standings were:

#1 Dedham MA (202.0)
#2 East Providence RI (144.0)
#3 Masconomet MA (121.0)
#4 Needham MA (119.0)
#5 Newton North MA (112.0)
#6 Arlington MA (108.0)
#7 Woburn MA (96.0)
#8 Catholic Memorial MA (88.0)
#9 Belmont MA (64.0)
#10 Alvirne NH (58.0)
#11 Concord-Carlisle MA (57.0)
#12Lexington MA (18.0)
#13 Scituate MA (11.5)

The team results for 2018 and the previous 15 years are also summarized on a one page handout. Further, all the participating teams since 2003 are compiled alphabetically and also by rank based on their overall cumulative score per times at the tournament.

Each year at the conclusion of the tournament all coaches vote for the one wrestler who stands above all others as the Tournament’s most outstanding wrestler. This year’s honor and winner of the “Warren Farrell Outstanding Wrestling Award” was 195 lb. wrestler Joey Perkins from Masconomet in Boxford, MA.

Several years ago the tournament’s outstanding wrestler award was renamed the “Warren Farrell Outstanding Wrestling Award” in honor of Belmont resident Warren Farrell who had a key role in founding the tournament in 1982 when his oldest son Stephen was Captain of the Belmont squad, winner of the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the inaugural tournament, and who later would be Captain of the Harvard wrestling squad and an Ivy League Champion. Several years later another of Warren’s sons, Richard, followed in his older brother's footsteps as another wrestling standout.
2018 Wrestling Tournament
The top placing wrestlers in each weight class and other results from the 2019 tournament can be downloaded from the website “arena.flowrestling.org”, and searching for the “Brendan Grant Tournament”, or from the following link: http://arena.flowrestling.org/event/3e659509-8c11-8f1b-d18b-528a4b35cf5b.

This particular high school wrestling tournament was first held in January 1982, and was renamed in 2002 as a tribute to Brendan Grant who was a member of the wrestling team for four years and a senior captain in the 1999-2000 season. Thus, while this is the 18th Annual tournament named after Brendan, overall it is the 38th Annual Belmont Wrestling Tournament.

This event is hosted annually by the Friends of Belmont Wrestling in conjunction with Belmont High School, and it is their single annual fundraising event. A lot of thanks go all around for the numerous volunteers under the direction of Friends of Belmont Wrestling, and the dedicated staff of Belmont High School led by BHS Athletic Director Jim Davis. Click here for the full story of last year's 2018 tournament.

Next year’s tournament is tentatively scheduled for the first Saturday in January, and we hope you can join us!