MYA wrestlers thrive on mat

The Merrimack Youth Wrestling Program competed at the Marshwood’s New England Youth Wrestling Tournament held at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine, on April 2. This folkstyle, postseason tournament attracts die-hards from all over the New England region.

Merrimack had a champion, two runner-ups among the five wrestlers who competed.

First grader Rhys Dewar placed fourth on the day with two wins by points.

Second grader Jackson Meehan took the runner-up title in second place with two pins on the day.

Mitchell Krupp, grade four, also competed in the tournament with one win by points. He fell in a very close match with a last-minute decision by a couple of points in his final round.

Anson Dewar, grade seven, brought home a massive second-place trophy with three wins by points in the 100-pound bracket.

Aiden Hanning, grade seven, continued his spectacular season by taking first place with five wins in the 125-pound bracket. He conquered his first four opponents by points and pinned his final competitor in the championship match.

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.