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Springfield Wrestlers Make Local Waves At Back-To-Back Wrestling Tournaments

Springfield Wrestlers Make Local Waves At Back-To-Back Wrestling Tournaments

posted Monday, March 26, 2018

Earlier this month, Springfield hosted their annual back-to-back wrestling tournaments and saw record numbers. The Schweitzer Memorial K-8 tournament welcomed over 260 youth wrestlers from all over the tri-state area; special guest Bob Backlund of WWE fame made a surprise appearance and wowed the entire crowd.

The all-girls Precision Valley Classic tournament brought in nearly 50 young ladies in grades K-12 plus a contingent of girls from Norwich University in the Open Division. Everyone was treated to a technique clinic by national champion wrestler Erin Clodgo. Erin went on to do exhibition matches against the girls of Norwich and wrestling coach Sarah Barker from Burr & Burton Academy, as well as a handful of the high school level girls.

Vermont Wrestler was on hand to record the tournament as well as to interview Erin with Springfield coaches Floyd Buck and Don Beebe. See the full photo album and watch the interview at

More than half the complement of 30 youth youngsters in this year's Springfield roster is working through their first year in the sport, showing great promise and improvement. Recent tournaments include Milton, Bristol, and St. Albans, VT. Several boys qualified for the Youth New England Championship and Noah Markwell scored a sweet win at that competition. There are more tournaments ahead before the youth season ends in mid-April, from St. Johnsbury to Essex. Since each tournament costs roughly $13 per wrestler to participate, fundraising is an enormous part of the work involved in running the wrestling team. Donations are warmly welcome, made out to "Springfield Wrestling" and mailed to Parks & Rec, 139 Main St., Springfield, VT 05156.

Photo: Zandria Ferland battles another lady wrestler at the PVC Girls Championship. (Photo by Vermont Wrestler)

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