Erie Warhawks Ready to Battle at Bayfront Convention Center

Wednesday Jan 3rd, 2018

Annual Battle on the Bay Wrestling Tournament Slated to Begin Saturday

Erie, PA: The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce that the Erie Warhawks’ annual Battle on the Bay Wrestling Tournament will be contested at the Bayfront Convention Center Saturday, January 6 and Sunday, January 7, 2018. 

This is the sixth year that the tournament will be held in Erie. Event officials anticipate more than 300 athletes representing six states will compete in the tournament.

Wrestling will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 6 with the duals competition. The tournament will continue on Sunday, January 7 with the open tournament. The open tournament will feature an all-girls division, and an all-girl team from Girard, Pa. will compete in the team competition.

Registration is open until January 5, 2018 for wrestlers in five age groups – 6 and under, 7&8, 9&10, 11&12, and 13 through 15 – each divided into weight classes. Registration is $35.

Admission is free for spectators.

“Our 2017 event was one of the best we have ever hosted, with hundreds of wrestlers competing from across the region,” said Mark Harrington, Tournament Director. “We’re excited about the addition of an all-girls division to further diversify the tournament, and we’re looking forward to welcoming hundreds of athletes to make this one of the best events we’ve ever hosted. Admission is free, so I would encourage anyone interested in wrestling to come out and learn more.”

“Battle on the Bay is a great tournament for a number of reasons, only one of which is that it drives tourism in the winter,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “The competition brings a swarm of young athletes to a premier venue in our region, and we’re fortunate that the Erie Warhawks continue to put this event together.” 

The Erie Warhawks is a local youth wrestling club focused on enforcing proper technique, intense drilling, solid conditioning, and hard work. The club is comprised of wrestlers and coaches from more than 10 schools in Erie and Crawford counties. 

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