The wrestling program at Roland Michener School in Slave Lake keeps hitting new peaks. This time it was a slew of medals at the rural provincial championships in Lethbridge on Feb. 28 and 29.
The rurals is for smaller schools. Winners there can go on to the regular provincials, which are coming up in a couple of weeks in Calgary.
The boys’ team from Michener won team gold at the rurals, scoring 23 points – six more than the next-best squad.
“This is a huge accomplishment,” says coach Ian Doetzel. “A banner is given to the school as well as a plaque.”
The girls’ team also wrestled well, finishing in second place overall.
Individually, Zane Lightening-Fillion won a gold medal. That was matched on the girls’ side by Katarina Holden. In her gold-medal match, she faced a wrestler she’d lost to earlier in the tournament.
“She came back motivated and determined and strong-willed,” says the coach.
Corbin McCann wrestled for gold but had to settle for silver, “a huge accomplishment” for the Grade 10 student, says Doetzel.
Robert Row also grappled for gold and won silver. Oscar Horsman finished with a bronze medal.
Miranda Samuelson, Courtney Reason and Emma Bessie all won bronze medals.