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Canton wrestler wins medal at Super 32 Challenge

Collinsville’s Colby Houle, second from left, finished third at Super 32 in North Carolina last weekend. (Photo courtesy The Houle Family)

Collinsville’s Colby Houle finished third at the Super 32 Challenge, a national caliber wrestling tournament, on Oct. 16 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Houle finished third at 120 pounds in the middle school division.

The Super 32 Challenge is a high-level tournament for high school wrestlers. Last weekend’s event had more than 1,700 wrestlers in the high school competition along with 160 wrestlers who are nationally ranked in their weight classes.

The tournament also features a girls wrestling division, a middle school division along with wrestling for 11 and 8 year old wrestlers.

Houle, an eighth grade student who is home schooled, went 5-1 in the tournament at 120, winning several close matches.

He beat New York’s Camryn Howard in the quarterfinals, 2-0 before dropping a 13-3 decision in the semifinals. In the consolation round, he beat Ohio’s Blace Van Gundy, 2-1 and topped West Virginia’s Stephen Myers, 1-0 in the ultimate tiebreaker to finish third.

Houle is training with The Refinery wrestling club out of Danbury.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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