Harding Wrestling 2017 Press Release

Contact: John Ramos
Phone: 203-228-7513
Email: [email protected]


BRIDGEPORT, CT – The wrestling team at Warren Harding High School has announced that it has saved their program for the second consecutive year. Due to budget constraints, the City of Bridgeport has eliminated the wrestling program at Warren Harding High School since 2016. This is the second year that the wrestling team has rallied to achieve their fundraising goal of $18,829.41 to continue the program that provides a positive outlet for young men in the Bridgeport community.

“With the budget constraints that the city has at the moment, we knew that we had to go out there and raise the money ourselves again,” Santiago said.

In collaboration with non-profit 501(c)(3) Adversity to Prosperity, the team conducted extensive outreach to community leaders and organizations throughout the summer of 2017. Fundraising efforts for both years has included a Harding Wrestling GoFundMe page to collect online donations, and the “Save Harding Wrestling Camp” – a three-day camp hosted by Detective Jeremy Kelly of the Bridgeport Police Department.

Through their partnership and an outpouring of generous donations, Harding Wrestling successfully reached their goal – ensuring their scholar-athletes have the opportunity to compete and elevate their program during the 2017-18 wrestling season.

The 2016-17 wrestling season saw Duane Soto achieve fourth in Class M 285-lb weight class, and Jamar Mighty achieve sixth at 182-lb weight class. Harding finished in 21st place.

To help ensure the sustainable future of the Harding Wrestling Program, please donate via the Adversity to Prosperity website. Donations are tax-deductible. Follow Harding Wrestling on Twitter @WHHSPresidents for team news and information.

Please visit the Adversity to Prosperity website for more information on their mission to uplift communities through youth athletic programs, service and education. www.AdversityToProsperity.org