Merrimack team sharp
The Merrimack Youth Wrestling Program took home seven medals in the recent PJ Sora Armed Forces Memorial Wrestling Tournament.
The MYA fourth graders made a strong showing with two crowned champions, Rhys Dewar and Liam Newman. Both breezed through their brackets with Dewar pinning three of his opponents and winning one by points. Newman had one pin on the day and his other two matches were won by points. Other fourth graders Aiden Kennedy and Luke Emond competed well in their respective brackets.
Fifth graders John Regal, Griffin Turgeon, Nicolin Stevens and Jackson Meehan also had a successful day. Meehan had four wins by pin in his six-man round-robin bracket with his final win by points, earning a first place medal.
Regal had a commanding win in his first match by points. He fell in his second match, but fought his way back to third place winning by pin and points.
Nicolin Stevens made a strong showing winning two matches by points. And Griffin Turgeon fought hard in his tough bracket.
Ivey Johnson, grade six, pinned all of her opponents en route to first place.
Seventh grade veterans Owen Forrest and Mitchell Krupp wrestled tough. Forrest commanded his bracket taking first place with a win by pin and two matches won by points. Krupp fought hard and fell in his second match by a mere two points.
Kindergartners Caleb Bell and Matthew Snavely worked hard in their first career tournament. Bell had a commanding win by points in his second match of the day. And Snavely had two wins with a win by pin for his first.
Quentin Ellison, grade one, also participated in his first tournament and wrestled hard against some tough competition. Also, first grader Kameron Lewis earned a second-place medal, falling shy of first place in his last match by one point.
Second grader Calissa Bell was neck and neck with her first competitor and would have came out victorious if she had a few more seconds ending the match in a pinning position.