Merrimack youth wrestling shines

The Merrimack Youth Wrestling program sent 11 wrestlers to compete in the Big Red Northeast Wrestling Championships at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass., last week. This mega tournament draws the best talent from the New England region as well as New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nine wrestlers competed in the Jon Spohn Memorial Class at Salem High School the next day. The 22nd annual wrestling classic is an official qualifying tournament for the Tournament of Champions and the Gene Mills Eastern Nationals.

Individual results were as follows:

Big Red Northeast Wrestling Championships

Standout seventh grader Aiden Hanning came in second place with three wins on the day, one of which was by pin.

Second grader Cayden Dine competed strongly with two wins by pin.

Fifth grader Gavin Ross also competed with two wins by points.

Seventh grader Anson Dewar competed with one win by pin on the day.

First graders Kael McAloon, Collin Schuster, Benjamin Koudriashov and Rhys Dewar, second grader Christian Chestnut and fourth graders Owen Forrest and Mitchell Krupp also competed strongly in the tournament.

Jon Spohn Memorial

Dewar placed third with two pins on the day.

Dine and Jackson Meehan both came in first with three pins each.

Dewar took first place on the podium, pinning one opponent.

Hanning took home second place with two pins on the day.

McAloon, third grader Ivey Johnson, Forrest and Krupp also competed strongly in the tournament.

The Merrimack Youth Wrestling program is part of the Merrimack Youth Association. It strives to provide a safe recreational activity for Merrimack children in grades K-6. The program promotes wrestling, the world’s oldest sport, by providing a safe practice environment, delivering high quality instruction and facilitating tournament competition opportunities. The program is in its ninth season and currently has 40 wrestlers on its roster.