BCSS 2017 Wrestling Championship

March 8, 2017 by  
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Winners of Wrestling Provincial Championships 2017

Combined: Saint Thomas More
Boys: New Westminster
Girls: Saint Thomas More

2017 Championship Results

1. New Westminster
2. Tamanawis
3. WJ Mouat
4. Alberni District
5. Queen Elizabeth
6. Saint Thomas More
7. Vancouver College
8. Yale
9. Maple Ridge
10. Abbotsford Traditional

1. Saint Thomas More
2. Mission
3. Cowichan
4. Burnaby Central
5. Maple Ridge
6. Carson Graham
7. Centennial
8. Ucluelet
9. Alberni District
10. Earl Marriott

Knights hold on to BC wrestling title


The winning streak continues for St. Thomas More.
The Burnaby private school’s wrestling program racked up its fifth consecutive title at the B.C. high school championships on the weekend in Salmon Arm, while dominating in the girls division for a fourth straight year.
The returns included two gold medals, a pair of silvers and four bronze, catapulting them to first with an aggregate total of 79 points, 17 points better than second-place Alberni District.
“Definitely, to win five in a row has been some kind of a run,” said STM coach Doug Corbett. “It’s been kind of surreal; I thought we had a chance, but I’m still surprised that we did it, because a lot of things have to go right.”
Among the gold champions was Corbett’s daughter, Caileen, who topped the girls 43-kilogram division with a 9-0 win over Calista Espinosa of St. Pat’s. The decision and the manner in which it was won impressed the judges, who voted it the Most Outstanding Match in the girls division.
“(Caileen) fought a very defensively sound match,” said the proud coach and father. “She just dominated it; her opponent couldn’t counter and couldn’t score a point.”
Caileen entered the weekend having had little wrestling practice over the past month due to a concussion suffered in January. While her coach knew the technical preparation was sound, he was aware the lack of match
experience was an obstacle.
She won her first two by fall in quick fashion, setting the stage for a strong finish.
“(Caileen) had not much match work, so we were a little worried,” he said. “But she’s very competitive and wanted it very badly. She stuck to her game plan.”
It was one of four matches for her at the competition, and to end her high school career with a provincial gold – after finishing second last year – was fitting.
The other gold also came on the girls side, where Grade 10 Amanda Silveri beat Kyla McAuley of Alberni by a quick 6-0 pin. It was Silveri’s lone match in the heavyweight division, and gave her the result she had worked towards since taking silver a year ago.
Burnaby South’s Matthew Magano was the only other local gold medalist, blanking North Van’s Hyatt Verdozco 10-0 for the 38kg title. Over three matches, Magano surrendered just two points.
Also on the boys side, the STM pair of Tyler Eckert and Sam Steele were silver medalists in their respective divisions, running into two New Westminster rivals.
Eckert was bested 13-3 by Connor Pattison in the 90kg division, while Steele fell 11-0 to Sammy Sidhu in the 84kg final.
Placing third in boys 57kg was STM’s Daniel Alphonso.
Burnaby Central’s Sara Brinkac put in a valiant performance to defend her 60kg title, but ended up losing in a 12-6 decision to Scout Stipec of Elphinstone in a rematch of last year’s final. Finishing third overall was STM’s Gabriella Bellini.
Also collecting bronze medals were STM’s Gabi Chavez, in the girls 47kg, Grade 8 Ayesha Mian, in 40kg, and Burnaby Central’s Sylvia Ly, in 54kg.

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Shyanne Matthys of Salmon Arm Secondary wrestles her opponent to the ground during a match at the BC High School Wrestling Provincials at the Shaw Centre on Saturday, March 4. -Image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer

Shyanne Matthys of Salmon Arm Secondary wrestles her opponent to the ground during a match at the BC High School Wrestling Provincials at the Shaw Centre on Saturday, March 4. -Image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer

After hundreds of high school wrestlers competed their hardest at the BC High School Wrestling Provincials atthe Shaw Centre over the weekend, four Salmon Arm Secondary students mounted the podium for their weight classes.

Rohan Kafle finished fifth in the boys 54-kilogram division, Shyanne Matthys was sixth in the girls 75-kilogram class, Carrie Fromme finished fifth amongst the 64-kilogram girls and Elijah Lazar brought home the gold medal in the 41-kilogram boys division.

Matthys, a grade 10 student, said the last of her three matches in the tournament was the most memorable for her because it was long and physically demanding.

“We were like bulls butting heads the entire time,” she said.

Matthys said she definitely plans to return to the team next year.

Fromme, the fifth place finisher in the 64-kilogram weight class, said the provincial tournament was lots of fun and she was happy to see so many people out watching.

She added it was nice to face stiff competition at her own weight class because the Salmon Arm Secondary team doesn’t have a training partner that is an exact match for her.

“Those girls are aggressive and they really want it,” Fromme said about the competitors she faced at provincials.

Fromme is also in Grade 10 and plans to return to the team next year and work on her technique, fitness and speed in hopes of climbing higher up the six-place podium at next year’s provincials.

Kafle finished fifth in the 54-kilogram weight class, in his third appearance at the provincial championships.

Kafle said his greatest technical challenge came in his semifinal match against the reigning provincial champion, but two six-minute-long matches on the second day of the tournament tested him physically.

Salmon Arm wrestling head coach Ray Munsie said Kafle’s weight class is arguably the most competitive in Western Canada.

Kafle placed third at last year’s provincials, wrestling at 48 kilograms.

Kafle is in Grade 11 and says he will return to the team for his last year of high school.

Lazar had the best finish of any Salmon Arm wrestler, winning the 41-kilogram division easily.

Wrestling at 38 kilograms and still a student at Shuswap Middle School, Lazar won a provincial gold medal at last year’s tournament.

“He’s dominant,” said Munsie of the Grade 9 wrestler.

Lazar wrestled against opponents in the 45-kilogram division for most of the season as there is no serious competition for him in the Okanagan at his weight class. Even when wrestling heavier opponents Munsie said only one wrestler was able to beat Lazar.

Lazar will be going to nationals, held in early April in Windsor Ontario, under the tutelage of the B.C. elite coaches. Until he does, he will continue to train three times per week in the weight room and wrestle with Kafle twice a week.

Hosting the tournament was a massive undertaking which brought 408 high school wrestlers to the Shaw Centre; 283 boys in 17 weight classes and 125 girls in 13 weight classes.

Munsie said despite a few hiccups, the response from visiting wrestlers, coaches and spectators to the tournament has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We set the bar high for the rest of the province,” he said.

Munsie praised the volunteers who helped the tournament run smoothly and said Port Alberni, who is hosting provincials next year, plans to copy the registration procedure used over the weekend. He also said he heard stories from visitors complimenting what friendly and welcoming hosts the Salmon Arm community had been.

Slideshow: Day two of the BC high school wrestling provincials

The final day of the BC High School Wrestling Championships was held at the Shaw Centre on March 4.

The final day of the BC High School Wrestling Championships was held at the Shaw Centre on March 4. When the day was over, the top six wrestlers in each weight class mounted the podium and received their medals.

Four Salmon Arm wrestlers had provincial podium finishes.

Elijah Lazar won the gold medal in the boys’ 41 kilogram division and Rohan Kafle placed fifth in the 54 kilogram class. On the girls’ side Carrie Fromme finished fifth wrestling at 64 kilograms and Shyanne Matthys was sixth at 75 kilograms.

To view our slideshow for the first day of provincials click here.

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