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York boxer A'Nyah Wray finds a way to get it done at Golden Gloves event

Dawn J. Sagert
York Dispatch
A'Nyah Wray, 14, left, of North York Borough, fights Genesis Orbe DeJesus, 15, of Reading, in a bout match during the Frank Cariello's 2018 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Tournament at Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster, Saturday, March 3, 2018. Wray would win the match by unanimous decision. Dawn J. Sagert photo
  • A'Nyah Wray is an amateur boxer, 14, from North York Borough
  • Wray has had difficultly finding quality competition and often has to travel far for matches
  • Wray competed Saturday in a Golden Gloves event in Lancaster

Finding a fight hasn’t been easy for amateur boxer A’Nyah Wray.

 “My last fight was in November 2016 — the fight didn’t go well for me,” said Wray, 14, of North York Borough. “I was prepared but I wasn’t prepared.”

Wray traveled to Florida for that fight, but has been unable to secure another since then.

“I've had a lot of female boxers on all levels; it's always been tough,” said Wray’s Level IV Certified Coach Barry Stumpf, of Finefrock & Stumpf Golden Gloves Center in Lancaster.

Stumpf, organized the Frank Cariello's 2018 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Tournament  which took place Saturday, March 3, at Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster.

A'Nyah Wray, 14, left, of North York Borough, is given a physical by Dr. Michelle Holding prior to her bout match in the Frank Cariello's 2018 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Tournament at Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster, Saturday, March 3, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Wray would finally find a fight.

It would be her fourth, and a first for her opponent, Genesis Orbe DeJesus, 15, of Reading. With the two being the only females competing in the event, but not in the same weight class, the pair was allowed to box but the fight was considered a 'bout match.' The fight is still considered sanctioned, but did not qualify as a championship fight.

A'Nyah Wray, 14, of North York Borough, weighs in at 164.6 for the Frank Cariello's 2018 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Tournament at Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster, Saturday, March 3, 2018. Female opponents prove difficult to find in boxing. Wray, one of two females in the event, was in a lower weight classes than her opponent, but the two were allowed to fight in a bout match. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Wray would end up with the unanimous decision victory in the match which consisted of three two-minute rounds, giving her a record of 3-1. Stumpf says Wray has trained very hard and Wray felt she was ready for a fight coming into the bout.

“I feel like I have more strengths going into this fight than my opponent does,” said Wray. “I know what the judges are looking for and also how to let my hands go and counter her punches.”

A'Nyah Wray, 14, right, of North York Borough, reacts after being declared winner of a bout match against Genesis Orbe DeJesus, 15, of Reading, by unanimous decision, during the Frank Cariello's 2018 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Tournament at Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster, Saturday, March 3, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Wray noted afterwards she was pleased that the layoff between fights didn't hinder her performance Saturday. 

“I feel like I really put in my all,” said Wray following the fight, noting that Orbe DeJesus did well also. “We traded punches. It felt good. It was a good fight because I haven’t fought in a year and a half. To be honest, I didn’t expect to win tonight, but I’m glad I did.”

A'Nyah Wray, 14, right, of North York Borough, is reassured by her father Ambleton Wray Jr., prior to her bout match during the Frank Cariello's 2018 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Tournament at Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster, Saturday, March 3, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The Central York High School freshman would also win the 2018 Outstanding Boxer award in the fight of the night. 

Samora Wray, left, of North York Borough, reassures her nervous daughter A'Nyah Wray, 14, prior to her bout match during the Frank Cariello's 2018 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Tournament at Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster, Saturday, March 3, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

“My biggest motivator is my mom hands down,” said Wray earlier in the day. "… she’s the one that brought me this far with this sport.”