Congratulations to Jakob Dormaar and Kjel Gusdal for placing at the ASAA Rural Championships in Lethbridge Feb. 26 and 27. The WCHS Grade 10 wrestlers were the only eligible Sabres team members able to compete, and coaches Shane Rybak and Shamus McDonnell were proud of their efforts.
Dormaar dominated the 68 kg weight class winning all his matches in the first round by either pin or technical superiority. Not only did he win the gold, but had the distinction of no points being scored against him.
“While Jakob is a humble athlete, his technical skills continue to earn him respect on the mat,” says coach Rybak. “Kjel is a quick learner and likes to analyze his matches like a game of chess. He earned his bronze with commitment to the sport.”
Second year wrestler Gusdal placed third in the 76 kg weight class.
Both athletes are advancing to the ASAA Provincials in Edmonton March 11 and 12, which include Edmonton and Calgary high school teams.
“Competition will be a little tougher,” says coach McDonnell, “but both young men are injury-free and are looking forward to the challenge.”