Neither bright lights nor big crowds of competitors with their cheering supporters kept a bunch of young Londonderry wrestlers from success at the 18th annual Rebel New England Classic in Pinkerton Academy’s Hackler Gymnasium in Derry on March 22.
The locals were among nearly 450 wrestlers – spanning kindergarteners through eighth graders – from Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and the Granite State. The assembled grapplers occupied 62 brackets in five divisions.
Among the Londonderry competitors who snared championships in their respective classes were Ben Psaledas and Henry Lagasse.
Tristan Clavette of Londonderry strode away from the big annual competition with a silver medal in his possession, and Eugene Donovan and Michael Watts from town headed home with bronze medallions.