Merrimack youths wrestle well in Vermont

The Merrimack Youth Wrestling Program competed in the 2016 Schweitzer Memorial K-8 Wrestling Tournament held in Springfield, Vt., on March 5. Merrimack sent 12 wrestlers to compete and individual results follow.

First graders Rhys Dewar and Kael McAloon both took a first-place medal with Dewar completing one pin and McAloon grabbing two pins on the day.

Collin Schuster, first grade, finished in second place with two wins by pin.

Second grade standout Jackson Meehan added three more wins to an 18-3 record en route to his sixth championship crown of the season.

Christian Chestnut, second grade, also received a championship title with two commanding wins by points.

Second grader Cayden Dine took second with two pins on the day and a narrow loss in his first match by a few points.

Gryffen Gelinas, second grade, brought home the third-place medal.

Fourth grader Owen Forrest grabbed first place on the podium with two pins and a commanding win by points in his second match.

Mitchell Krupp, fourth grade, placed second with two pins and one point away from a win in his first matchup.

Sixth grader Hunter Adams received third place on the podium with one pin and a fall in a very close second match by a couple of points.

Always strong performers, Aiden Hanning and Anson Dewar, seventh grade, swept through their brackets easily beating each of their opponents to both take first-place medals. Hanning had two pins on the day and a win by points in OT in his second match. Dewar pinned all three of his opponents.

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 11th season and currently has 40 wrestlers on its roster.