Wednesday, 28 March 2012 09:30

Swift Current Titans host successful provincial wrestling tournament

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By Matthew Liebenberg — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Young wrestlers from across Saskatchewan tested their skills on the mats at the Swift Current Composite High School on March 24 with the aim to win a provincial medal.

The Swift Current Titans Wrestling Club played host to the 2012 Freshie-Bantam Provincial Championships that saw 171 wrestlers from 13 clubs attend, some from as far north as La Loche.

In addition to putting on a successful event, the Titans won the team championship for the Freshie-Pee Wee girls. Coach Curtis Biem was really proud of the club’s 23 wrestlers.

“We wrestled really well today,” he mentioned. “We were top three in a couple of the other divisions and for a relatively small club that’s great. We compete against clubs that are quite a bit bigger.”

Clubs from larger centres such as Saskatoon will bring 50 or more wrestlers to a tournament, which makes it quite challenging for the smaller clubs.

“We competed in every match; we were always very close,” he said. “They’ve been working on the things that we’ve been working on all year and I really saw a lot of that come out today. As long as they keep growing and having fun, that’s what’s really important.”

Chase Miller won gold in the Bantam Male 11 division and Dilon Smith received gold in the Freshie Male 17 pool. Two Titans wrestlers dominated the Novice Female 22 pool, with Ella-Gail Smith receiving gold and Autumn Shopa a silver medal.

Amber Padily finished first in the Novice Female 24 division, Aleah Nickel got gold in the Pee Wee Female 35 pool and Bradley Melo placed first in the Pee Wee Male 42 pool.

Biem, who has been involved with the Titans club for about 12 years, said it was the first time they have hosted a provincial championship for the club level. He felt it was a great opportunity to showcase the community and the club. It also made it possible for all their wrestlers to be at a provincial tournament.

“Sometimes travelling out of town, people can’t make it work in their schedule,” he said. “For different years, we go to provincials often with two-thirds, sometimes even half of our potential team. So it was really nice to be able to host it. We host other tournaments throughout the year, but provincials is special.”

Randi Hymers, who was the tournament coordinator for the Titans, said it took a lot of effort to ensure a successful event.

“It was a lot of hard work, but we’ve had great families this year,” she mentioned. “Every parent helped in lots of different ways, so it was very good that way.”

To have provincial tournament in Swift Current made a big difference to the wrestlers and their families.

“It’s awesome for them because then all their extended families gets to come and see them wrestle,” she said.

Hymers was impressed with the level of community support that the club received.

“We had lots of community sponsors for this tournament,” she said.

“It was really awesome to see that our community would help us out in such a great way to show what an awesome city we have.”

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