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Youth Wrestling Program Stands Out On And Off Mat At New England Level



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The Newtown Youth Wrestling Association (NYWA) had quite a showing at the Youth New England Tournament, in Salem, N.H. March 9 and 10. Newtown had several place winners, including a pair of champions, and the program was honored for its efforts.

Youth New England Wrestling (YNEW) Tournament directors recognized NYWA for its contributions to the wrestling community at large, as well as the community of Newtown, presenting Newtown coaches with the Dalton Award. This award, named after one of the YNEW founders, Jim Dalton, is given in recognition of a youth wrestling program that builds community through wrestling.

Newtown sent 19 wrestlers to the championships. This two-day tournament included more than 900 of the best wrestlers across New England. Newtown Youth Wrestling set a program record by placing nine wrestlers on the podium (top five). As a team, Newtown placed third among 178 town/school programs.

Brighton Karvoski and Cole Praissman earned first place.

Maxwell Malitsky, Matthew Stoerzinger, Brendan McAnaspie, and Luca Manfredi all took home second place.

Antonio Arguello came in third. Fisher Stites was fourth. Matthew Bray placed fifth.

Newtown Youth Wrestling Association coaches who received the Dalton Award for contributions to the wrestling community, at the Youth New England Wrestling Tournament are, from left, front: Tom Maurath, Curtis Urbina, Chris Bray, Tino Candullo, and Jack Cotter; and back: Chris Stites, Tony Gioffre, James Monroe, Angelo Bodetti, Dom Smeraglino, and Cory Fisher. Not pictured: Chris Manfredi, Felix Malitsky, Michael Kroha, and Jeff Peduto.
Wrestlers who placed among the top five in the New England tourney are, from left, front: Antonio Arguello, Brighton Karvoski, Matt Stoerzinger, Max Malitsky, and Cole Praissman; and back: Fisher Stites, Luca Manfredi, Matt Bray, and Brendan McAnaspie.
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