Youth wrestlers battle at rugged New Englands

The Merrimack Youth Wrestling program attended the 2019 Youth New England Wrestling Championships held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester


All competitors must qualify to wrestle at their individual state championships in each of the six states.

The tournament is known as the most competitive tournament in New England.

Merrimack brought five wrestlers to compete.

Second-grader Ryan Marone fought hard in his 108-pound intermediate bracket.

Third grader Rhys Dewar defeated his first two opponents by points in his 96-pound intermediate bracket. He fell into the consolation bracket in the semifinals.

Fighting back with one win in the consolations, Dewar took home a fourth-place medal.

Fifth graders John Regal and Jackson Meehan both competed in the 97-pound novice bracket. Regal wrestled tough on the day and Meehan had one win by points.

Ivey Johnson, 6, secured one win by pin in her 138-pound novice bracket.

The Merrimack Youth Wrestling Program is part of the Merrimack Youth Wrestling Program. It strives to provide a safe recreational activity 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 14th season and currently has 40 wrestlers on the roster.