Merrimack youths wrestle at New Englands

The Merrimack Youth Wrestling Program competed in the Youth New England Wrestling Championship Tournament held in Salem, Mass., on March 12-13.

This tournament is known as "the most competitive youth wrestling tournament in New England," drawing the best talent from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Maine. In order to qualify, wrestlers must have placed in their respective home state championship tournaments.

The level of competition found in this tournament is unparalleled with an alumni resume featuring numerous high school state and New England champions and place finishers, as well as collegiate All-Americans. Those wrestlers who place at "New Englands" represent a "who’s who" in New England wrestling circles. Merrimack’s own Aiden Hanning, grade seven, stepped into that elite group by taking second place in the 118-pound weight class. He dominated his first three opponents with strong decision wins. His only blemish came in the championship bout were he fell short by a mere point.

Seventh grader, Anson Dewar also competed in the tournament against brutally tough competition in the middle school 100-pound bracket. He had three wins on the day but fell short of the podium with a loss to a Masco opponent via a last-second score.

Third grader Ivey Johnson and fourth graders, Owen Forrest and Mitchell Krupp qualified for the Intermediate (grade 3 & 4) division with their finishes in the state tournament. All competed well but failed to place in the challenging event.

The Merrimack Youth Wrestling Program is part of the Merrimack Youth Association. It strives to provide 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.