Elementary, high school grapplers hit mat for season start

The Lake City wrestling team took to two tournaments earlier this month to kick off its season.

The Lake City Secondary School wrestling team took to two icebreaker tournaments earlier this month to kick off its 2017/18 season. Club members Cody Tetu (from left), Tanner Scaiano, Tyleen Scaiano, Kalub Scaiano and coach Tyler Scaiano show off some of the hardware the team brought home from both elementary and high school Prince George meets. (Photo submitted)

The Lake City Secondary School Falcons wrestling team got its first taste of grappling action earlier this month in both elementary- and high-school division tournaments.

The team — two high school and five elementary wrestlers — travelled to Prince George to compete in their respective divisions.

On Friday, Dec. 1 the elementary club members were at Prince George Secondary School competing in the school’s annual Pin to Win tournament where the team battled to three gold medals, one bronze medal and a fourth-place finish.

Colin Llewellyn, Kalub Scaiano and Tanner Scaiano all wrestled to gold, Simon Llewellyn picked up a bronze and Bohdi Lens was fourth.

The following day, Saturday, Dec. 2 LCSS’s high school athletes hit the mat for the PGSS Icebreaker Tournament where more early-season success was on display.

Veteran club member Tyleen Scaiano wrestled to a gold medal, while Cody Tetu fought to a bronze.

“All the kids did an amazing job,” said Falcons coach Tyler Scaiano. “They all had some tough competition on the mat, but had fun competition in our first tournament of the season.

“We’re looking forward to an amazing season and welcome any newcomers.”

Anyone interested in checking out, or attending a practice, with the wrestling club — past wrestlers and newcomers, alike — can sign up at the LCSS Columneetza Campus office. Parental approval is required due to the nature of the sport.

The cost for the season is $15 for the elementary division and $25 for the high school division.

Practices run at the Columneetza gymnasium Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with the season running until March.

“Just come out and join us for a great season to come,” Tyler said. “Learn to have fun and wrestling while keeping fit.”

Tyleen, meanwhile, is preparing to attend the annual War on the Floor tournament this Saturday, Dec. 16 in Burnaby. Tyleen will be competing in the 47-kilogram weight division.

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