Wetaskiwin Sabres Wrestling

Cari McDonnell - Submitted
 

    The Wetaskiwin Sabers Wrestling Team travelled to Grande Prairie for the Northern Lights Wrestling tournament which ran Saturday, January 18th, 2014. The Wetaskiwin High School Boys won first in their division and the team finished 5th overall with a combined 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals from high school and Jr. High school points.  
    The tournament was sponsored by Encana, who along with other sponsors offered a brand new wrestling mat worth $8,000 for the team with the most combined points for the four divisions: Jr. High Boys, Junior High Girls, High School Boys and High School Girls. Points were awarded for placing in each of the weight classes of the four divisions, with up to 10 points for a first place finish in a weight class with 10 or more wrestlers.  Wetaskiwin was the furthest south team to attend; with most of central and southern Alberta abstaining, there were only 170 wrestlers registered, and only 150 made the weigh-ins on Friday; far less than expected by the tournament organizers. 

    The Grande Prairie host team won the mat with the most combined points.
    The Sabers Wrestling Team included three wrestlers in the Junior High School division. All three previously qualified at the Zone 4 trials in early December to compete at the Alberta Winter Games in February and are trying to gain more experience before the big tourney. Jakob Dormaar had 11 competitors in his 52 Kg weight class, and had three close matches that gained him experience, but in the end he did not place. Brayden Nilsson at 60 Kg won a bronze medal with three competitors, and Mitchel Lyle at 80Kg won gold with two competitors in his weight class.
    The only girl wrestling with the Sabers this season is Monica Mytroen, who attends school in Leduc but trains with the Wetaskiwin squad. Monica won gold with two competitors in her 52Kg weight class.
    The Sabers High School Boys included seven wrestlers, four of which medaled:

Taylor Morgan    54 Kg - Silver
Morgan Neals 58 Kg - Silver
Nakai McDonnell 63 Kg - Gold
Jon Risto 69 Kg - 5th 
Damien Rasmussen 76 Kg - Did not Place
Berson Gonzales 85 Kg - 7th 
Morgan Reeves     85 Kg - Bronze

    First year wrestler Taylor Morgan won silver at 54 Kg after beating three of the four competitors in his weight class. Morgan Neals also won silver wrestling at 58Kg against three competitors. Nakai McDonnell wrestled at 63 Kg with eight competitors and only gave up 4 points in the entire tournament on his way to the podium and the gold medal. Jon Risto wrestled up one weight class, weighing in at 63Kg but entering the much tougher 69Kg weight class where he finished 5th out of 16 competitors. Damien Rasmussen weighed in 0.2Kg over his intended 69Kg weight class and was bumped up into the 76 Kg weight class where he was overwhelmed and did not place. First year wrestler Berson Gonzales and veteran wrestler Morgan Reeves both competed in the 85 Kg Weight class with 13 competitors, where the rookie finished 7th and the veteran took home the bronze.
    The team will now be training hard for the University of Alberta tournament on February 1st at the Butterdome in Edmonton. The Sabers are still accepting new wrestlers, and High School athletes can still register to compete at the ASAA provincial championships. Contact Shamus McDonnell (780-278-4601) or Shane Rybak (780-233-4432) if you are interested or would like more information.

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