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Benny Wanger '15 Helps Team Israel Qualify for Olympics

Benny Wanger '15 Helps Team Israel Qualify for Olympics

Belmont Hill and Yale alumnus Benny Wanger '15 played an important role in securing the Israeli baseball team a historic trip to the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

Wanger, playing DH, had two hits and an RBI as Israel beat South Africa 11-1 in Italy on Sunday to win the qualifying tournament.  

He obtained dual Israeli-American citizenship to play for Team Israel. Wanger also played first base in three games of the five-game tournament and had three hits (two doubles) in 13 at-bats. Wanger also took the mound, pitching 4.1 innings, allowing only one hit and striking out five. This is the first time Israel will field a team in any team sport at the Olympic Games since 1976, truly a monumental event.

"Benny has made a huge impact on whatever program he has been a part of, be it here, Yale and now on the Israeli national team," says Belmont Hill baseball coach Michael Grant. "ISL championships, Ivy championships, and now pitching in the Olympics."

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