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For Jack -- USA Wrestling honors the memory of Newtown's Jack Pinto



Will Roman, 15, takes down Ed Lajoie, 16, under the watchful eyes of Bill Zadick, USA Wrestling freestyle developmental coach, at a clinic the Newtown Youth Wrestling Club hosted in honor of Jack Pinto Monday night at Newtown High School. Pinto, a 6-year-old wrestler was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Photo: Barry Horn/Newtimes.com

It was a special night for the Newtown Youth Wrestling Association, and yet, even in a gymnasium full of kids, there was still a profound sense of emptiness.

However, while Jack Pinto will never again step onto a wrestling mat and take down an opponent, never again raise his hand in victory after a hard-fought match, his spirit lives on through his teammates, coaches and friends.

On Monday night at Newtown High School, the NYWA hosted a clinic for all its wrestlers -- from first grade through middle school -- that featured guest appearances by several coaches from USA Wrestling. These are the guys who train Olympic champions for a living, and they flew in from Colorado just to be a part of this event.

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