Friday, December 07, 2012
The Wetaskiwin Composite High School Sabres wrestling squad hosted their annual wrestling tournament this past weekend in the city with teams from across Alberta taking part in the two-day event. Photo Nicole Goetz
For a few of the Wetaskiwin athletes, it was their first time ever competing in a wrestling tournament.
But the entire Sabres high school wrestling team managed to come away with nine medals at this past weekend's Wetaskiwin Classic wrestling tournament, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 here in the city.
First-time junior high wrestlers Turner Brooks and Damien Rasmussen both took home medals from the tournament. Brooks won a silver medal in the 45 kilogram junior high division, while Rasmussen won a bronze medal in the 68 kilogram junior high division.
Also competing for the first time in the high school novice division was Ben Anderson who brought home a bronze medal in the 65 kilogram category.
"I think all the kids did really good," said coach Shane Rybak following the tournament. "For some of them, not having competed in a high school wrestling tournament before, I think (they) did a lot better than expected," he added.
Also medalling for Wetaskiwin were Jon Risto, who won a gold medal in the 53 kilogram novice division and another gold medal in the 56 kilogram high school elite division. Nakai McDonnell won a gold medal in the 50 kilogram high school novice division and a silver medal in the 50 kilogram high school elite class. Mary Kate Bodrovics, won a gold in the 65 kilogram high school novice class, and Colton McDonnell won a bronze medal in the 53 kilogram high school elite class.
Also competing for the Sabres at the tournament was Jacob Hayden in the 82 kilogram high school novice division. "He didn't place but he gained valuable experience," Rybak said.
In the high school elite class, Hidde Van Der Camp placed fourth in the 76 kilogram class, Morgan Reeves placed fourth in the 82 kilogram class, Raymond Risto placed fifth in the 65 kilogram class and DJ Moore placed sixth in the 72 kilogram class.
Teams from across Alberta
More than 350 athletes from across Alberta took part in the Wetaskiwin Classic. Even one team from Saskatoon made the journey to the city to take part in the 26th edition of the yearly event.
Looking forward to the rest of the high school wrestling season, Rybak thinks the team has a good chance to make it to provincials this year.
"As long as the kids keep up the hard work," he said.
This weekend, the Sabres wrestling team will travel to a tournament in Calgary before heading to Lethbridge the following week in their last tournament before the holiday break.
The wrestling season runs from the end of October until March with the athletes practicing between two and four times a week.
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