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Best Of The Best: Grapplers Camron Veneziano, Maddox Wilson Take Home Impressive Accolades



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As if winning a New England Championship isn’t enough, Newtown Youth Wrestling Association (NYWA) competitors Camron Veneziano and Maddox Wilson were also recognized for their stellar — make that outstanding and dominant — efforts on the mats.

Veneziano was named Most Outstanding Wrestler in 12U and Wilson was named Most Dominant Wrestler across 10U in the New England Championships, held in Fitchburg, Mass. March 16 and 17. The efforts of these standouts helped the Nighthawks win the team title as well.

“Mental toughness” was the biggest key to Veneziano’s success.

Veneziano said the best part about wrestling is “being with all my friends in practice and getting to a lot of tournaments.”

“To continue to succeed at the toughest sport is a huge testament to his work ethic. Winning three Youth New England Wrestling titles in as many attempts and surpassing his Most Dominant Wrestler (recognition) two years ago with Most Outstanding this year could not be more fitting. He is only 11 but has the mental strength of an adult. We are beyond proud not of the accomplishments but how he has embraced the intangibles of being a wrestler and just continues to put his head down and work no matter how big the accolades get,” said Nick Veneziano, Camron’s dad.

Both wrestlers said they could not have achieved this success without the guidance of NYWA Head Coach Curtis Urbina and NYWA Travel Coach Mike Long. Veneziano also thanked his club wrestling coaches Kyle Ibbitson and Blair Tugman. Between the Newtown program and club wrestling in nearby towns — at Team Tugman, Refinery, and South Side Wrestling — these young grapplers are competing and practicing daily.

Wilson said his favorite parts of wrestling are “all the kids I get to wrestle with, my partners, my friends, and ones I go against.”

Urbina is thrilled to see not only the team success but also individuals shine in the youth spotlight.

“It’s truly heartwarming to witness the growth and success of young athletes like Camron. His dedication, work ethic, and commitment to excellence not only benefit him personally but also inspire his teammates and those around him. It’s evident that he’s not just striving for success on the wrestling mat, but also in life as a student and a citizen. With such admirable qualities, there’s no doubt that Camron has a bright future ahead, and it’s wonderful to see the pride and support from his community. I am so proud of Camron,” Urbina said.

“It’s fantastic to see young athletes like Maddox thrive in their sport with such enthusiasm and determination. His quick learning ability, coupled with his hard work and adventurous spirit, are formidable assets on the wrestling mat. It’s clear that he approaches each challenge with aggression and determination, qualities that undoubtedly contribute to his success,” Urbina added. “With his talent and attitude, there’s no doubt that Maddox will continue to achieve great things and earn more championships in the future.”

Sports Editor Andy Hutchison can be reached at andyh@thebee.com.

Camron Veneziano, with his Most Outstanding Wrestler Trophy, flanked by Head Coach Curtis Urbina and Travel Coach Mike Long. —photos courtesy Nick Veneziano
Maddox Wilson, with his Most Dominant Wrestler Trophy and Head Coach Curtis Urbina, left, and Travel Coach Mike Long.
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