LD ORCHARD BEACH — After a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rumble at The Ballpark will return to The Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach this summer.

The fourth annual wrestling tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 17.

“It has been a long year for everyone and we were truly disappointed to have to cancel last year’s tournament, but we are thrilled to be back,” said tournament organizer Pat McDonald, who was previously the sports editor at the former Journal Tribune newspaper in Biddeford.

This year’s event will feature both youth and high school divisions. The youth division is for grades 3 through 8, while 8th through 12th graders in the 2021-22 school year are eligible for the high school division. Eighth graders can choose which division to compete in.

The youth tournament will run from 8 a.m. to noon with the high school set for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic stadium in Old Orchard Beach.

The winners of each bracket will once again receive baseball bats as trophies. Second and third place finishers will get medals.

In past years, the tournament has drawn high school wrestlers from across Maine as well as New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut.

“The reason we run this tournament is to give Maine wrestlers as well as competitors from across New England and beyond a unique experience, but it’s also about bringing great wrestlers together to get some tough competition,” said McDonald, who is on the board of directors of the Maine Amateur Wrestling Alliance.

The cost of this year’s event will be $40 per wrestler. Wrestlers can register at https://bit.ly/3sulUO8. All COVID regulations will be followed at this event.

For more information, contact Pat McDonald at [email protected] or check out the Rumble at The Ballpark on Facebook.

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