Gate City Wrestling Club has strong summer

The Gate City Wrestling Club, an off-season high school wrestling club sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, continued its summer session at various regional events. Nashua High School South 152-pounder Tyler Ellwood placed first at the Bay State Games at UMass Boston, while Salem’s Tyler Everhus was the runner-up at 132 pounds.

Later in July at the Passamaquoddy Lynx tournament in Sanford, Maine, Ellwood placed first at 160 pounds, while fellow upperclassmen Kenny Kiriga (South, 130), Zach Lavoie (North, 195) and Nick Widmann (John Stark HD) finished second in their respective weight classes. Several rising Gate City freshmen faced their first high school competition at the Passamaquoddy event, including Mitch McMahon and Kurt Beeten from Merrimack, and Ryan Rice and Cole Nickerson from North. Middle schoolers Ben Widmann, Eric Theriault and Jack Stone – who was mistakenly entered into the high school division – also competed.

In girls wrestling action, Gate City grapplers Angelica Levesque and Olivia Toth continued to compete in national and international competitions.

In the Canada Cup at the University of Guelph Athletic Centre in Ontario, Canada, Levesque, a recent South graduate, placed second in the 60kg Pre-Junior Division weight class with a 2-1 record, including one pin. Toth, a South junior, placed third in the 70kg weight class of the Pre-Junior Division.

On July 14, competing for Team USA in the 2012 Pan American FILA Cadet Championships in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Toth posted a 2-2 record.