Merrimack wrestlers earn titles

The Merrimack Youth Wrestling program competed in the 19th Annual Rebel New England Classic held at Pinkerton Academy on March 20. This tournament attracts stiff competition as it is a qualifying tournament for the Tournament of Champions and Gene Mills Eastern Nationals. Merrimack sent nine wrestlers to compete with individual results below.

First grader Rhys Dewar placed fourth on the day with one win by pin.

Second grader, Cayden Dine completed his stellar season by breezing through his bracket and pinning all three opponents to take first place on the podium. The championship bout was particularly impressive as he came from behind managing to bridge out of a near pin to end up pinning his opponent in the end.

Christian Chestnut and Jackson Meehan, grade 2, both brought home second place medals with one and two pins, respectively.

Seventh grader, Anson Dewar continued to build upon his strong winning record by taking the championship crown and rolling through his bracket with strong wins by points.

First grader Collin Schuster, third grader Ivey Johnson, fourth graders Mitchell Krupp and Owen Forrest also competed 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 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.