MYA wrestlers compete in tournaments at Pinkerton

Emmi Haddad tries to get off the mat during a recent match at Pinkerton.

The Merrimack Youth Wrestling Program competed in the annual New England Rebel Classic and Wonder Women Classic Wrestling Tournaments held at Pinkerton Academy in Derry on March 19.

Both tournaments served as an Ohio Tournament of Champions Qualifier and Gene Mills Eastern Nationals Qualifier for those who placed.

As a result this postseason tournament is notoriously challenging attracting wrestlers from all over New England as well as Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Merrimack as a team finished 9th in the K-4 division out of 46 teams. Merrimack brought 17 wrestlers to compete with individual results below:

Kindergartners Natasha Koudriashov and Olivia Dine fought hard in the Wonder Women Classic and Andrew Schuster in the 44-pound bracket in the Rebel Classic.

Emmi Haddad, grade 2, grabbed one win by points in the all-girls tournament.

Second graders, Luke Emond and Aiden Kennedy each battled hard in the 65-pound and 61-pound brackets, respectively.

Collin Schuster, grade two, completed two wins by points on the day taking home second place medal.

Second graders, Kael McAloon and Ben Koudriashov each grabbed fourth place on the podium with one win by pin for both wrestlers.

Cayden Dine and Jackson Meehan, grade 3, took home fourth and third place, respectively. Dine had two wins by points and Meehan completed two wins by pin and one by points.

Third grader, John Regal fought hard in the 73-pound bracket.

Ivey Johnson, grade 4, capped off a stellar season taking home the champ title in the Wonder Women Classic and third place in the Rebel Classic. She pinned her way through to first in the all-girls tournament. And, completed another two pins and one win by commanding points in the Rebel Classic. She has grown into a great leader and example for our increasing female representation on the team.

Fifth graders, Owen Forrest and Mitchell Krupp wrestled hard in their respective 68-pound and 97-pound brackets.

Hunter Adams, grade 7, also put up a tough fight in the 88-pound bracket.

Eighth grader Zachary Maszczak captured two wins by points to take third place on the podium.

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-8. 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 12th season and currently has 46 wrestlers on its roster.