Merrimack sends 11 to coast

The Merrimack Youth Wrestling program sent 11 wrestlers to compete in the Seacoast Youth Wrestling Tournament held at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton last Sunday.

Individual results were as follows:

First graders Collin Schuster and Kael McAloon both finished in second place with Schuster completing one pin on the day.

Second graders Cayden Dine and Jackson Meehan both took home first-place medals with one and three pins, respectively. Dine blew away his first two competitors with strong wins by points. Second grader Gryffen Gelinas took third place with a win by pin in his final match.

Third grader Ivey Johnson came in second place with two pins on the day.

Fourth grader Owen Forrest took fourth place with one win by pin and a very narrow loss by one point in his final match.

First graders Benjamin Koudriashov and Rhys Dewar, fourth grader Mitchell Krupp and sixth grader Hunter Adams also competed in the tournament. Adams dominated his first opponent in a strong win by points.

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 the sport of wrestling, the world’s oldest sport, by providing a safe practice environment, by delivering high quality instruction, and by facilitating tournament competition opportunities. The program is in its ninth season and currently has 40 wrestlers on its roster.