2017-08-03 / Front Page

Smith Takes First At National Tourney


Jarrett Smith, a Rudyard fourth grade student, competed in a national wrestling tournament and posted a 9-0 overall record, winning the sixth-gradeand younger national championship at 54.9 pounds, and a team championship with the Midwest Maniax. He is pictured here with his championship medals and a uniform declaring him a national champion. (Photograph provided by the Smith family) Jarrett Smith, a Rudyard fourth grade student, competed in a national wrestling tournament and posted a 9-0 overall record, winning the sixth-gradeand younger national championship at 54.9 pounds, and a team championship with the Midwest Maniax. He is pictured here with his championship medals and a uniform declaring him a national champion. (Photograph provided by the Smith family) Rudyard’s Jarrett Smith competed in the Nuway Summer Wrestling Nationals in Atlantic City, New Jersey, July 27 and July 28, and won the sixth-grade-andyounger individual tournament at 54.9 pounds, defeating New England Region state champion Julian Rios, 4-0 in the championship match. Jarrett, 10, and a fourthgrader this fall, is also a four-time Northeastern Michigan Wrestling Association state champion.

More than 1,600 wrestlers from 29 states, Mexico, and Canada competed in the Atlantic City event.

In addition to his individual championship, Jarrett competed with the Midwest Maniax, a team comprised of wrestlers from Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and West Virginia. He competed at 56.9 pounds and helped the Maniax win the team dual competition with a 7-0 record. He posted an overall record of 9-0, including victories over Rios, the New England state champion, and New Jersey state champion Cole Haggerty, defeating both by a score of 4-0.

Jarrett is the son of Chad and Jody Smith. Mr. Smith is Rudyard’s varsity wrestling coach, and Mrs. Smith is a teacher and track coach.

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