The Mount Airy-based Maniacs Wrestling Club was also there, and in a big way.
The event also attracted nearly 700 others, including coaches, volunteers and spectators.
Manchester coach Andy Kiler said the format of the tournament has been changed in recent years to keep pace with the times. About five years ago, organizers dropped team scoring.
Now, there are individual weight class championships only.
Kiler said with all the tournaments available now, it has been hard to get full teams to commit to any one event. The Holiday Tournament changed its policy and now registers wrestlers as individuals and not by team.
It was decided that the top MJWL finishers in the Holiday Tournament’s weight classes would be formed into two all-star teams to compete in the Tyrants Duals, to be held in the York Expo Center on Jan.12-13.
One team is for elementary school (sixth grade and under) and the other for middle school (15 and under).
One did not have to win a weight class championship to make the all-star squad. The wrestler simply had to be the highest-finishing member from a MJWL team.
The idea of competing in a national-level wrestling tournament has generated a lot of enthusiasm from the kids.
“(Junior League) is the biggest wrestling league in Maryland, and everybody wanted to make the all-star team and qualify,” Kiler said.
Seven members from Carroll County MJWL teams qualified and will wrestle in York as an all-star.
They were Manchester’s Logan Myers (six-under, 49 pounds: second place), Josh Hale (six-under, 69, second), Jake Boog (15-under, 101, second), Travis Green (15-under, 106, third), Noah Onkst (15-under, 131) and Colby Seal (15-under, 211, second).
Also going is the Warriors’ Kaleb Kearns (six-under, 101).
Kearns, Onkst, and Alliance’s Ethan Arneson (15-under, 106) and Luke Winkler (six-under, 131) were the only Junior League wrestlers to win their weight class championships.
These taking first at six-under were Cameron Hall (45), Evan Owen (69), Anthony Rodrigues (65), and Manny Rodrigues (111). Fifteen-under winners were Michael Pizzutto (89), Josh Strong (97), Gage Owen (101), and A.J. Rodrigues (116).
Jackson Richmond (161), a wrestler from Westminster, also took first at 15-under.
Other Carroll County wrestlers won trophies for placing in runner-up positions in their weight classes. They were:
Alliance: Nathan Angleberger (six-under, 101, fourth), Josh Arthur (six-under, 69, fourth), Giuseppe DiMonte (six-under, 131, third), Garhett Dickenson (15-under, 111, third), Marcus Dye (15-under, 161, fourth), and Joel Hopkins (15-under, 250, second).
Manchester: Kayden Reid (six-under, 57, third), Faith Day (15-under, 73, third), and Brandyn Fish (15-under-81, fourth).
Warriors: Brayden Brassel (six-under, 61, second), Benjamin Scheiner (six-under, 69, third), Dylan Ohler 6-under, 81, fourth), Kevin Poole (6-under, 97, fourth), and Randy Green (15-under, 211, fourth).
Kiler believes these changes and the revised format will continue to make the Manchester Holiday Tournament a popular stop-off in the schedules of youth wrestlers each year.