Fresh from a third place finish in the regional St. Johnsbury Academy Early Bird Tournament Saturday, the Champlain Valley Union High wrestling team will hit the road Tuesday for North Country Union High in Newport.
The trip follows a home session this past Tuesday when St. Johnsbury, Essex High and Vergennes Union visited the Redhawks.
New head coach of the Redhawks is Gunnar Olson, an assistant last year, who has taken over for Rahn Fleming.
Olson, with increased numbers of athletes in the program this year, is optimistic about the unfolding season.
“I believe in my heart we have all the components to close the gap that Mount Anthony (multi-year defending state champion) has set,” Olson said in a news release.
The optimism was well placed Saturday as the ‘Hawks took third place and led all Vermont teams in the St. Johnsbury event. Teams from Maine and New Hampshire took the top two places.
Leading the CVU wrestlers was junior Grant Poston, who won the 170-pound class title.
Runner-up slots were earned by sophomore Alex Legg (126) and senior Connor Brown (160).
Senior Alex Craige (120) and freshman Kienan Kittredge (152) had third-place honors, while junior Connor Gobeille (152) and senior Isaiah Boyd (145) were fourth in their classes.