Five grapplers from the Williams Lake Wrestling Club were in Prince George Feb. 27 to March 1 for the B.C. Wrestling Championships.
Danielle Shultz, Kaitlin Jantz, Peter Fayowski, Adam Sutherland and Braden Conrod represented the black ‘n’ blue at the tournament.
“There was some very tough competition on the mat,” said WLWC head coach and president Sonia Conrod. “Watching the finals was a true display of athleticism.”
Conrod said despite all of the club’s wrestlers battling hard, they did not reach the podium.
Second-year cadet and Grade 10 grappler Braden, however, was one win away from a podium finish, taking seventh place.
“He had previously qualified for nationals being held in Guelph, Ont. from April 2-6, so he will continue his training to represent Williams Lake in that tournament,” she said.
At the provincial championships wrestlers compete in one division, grades 8-12, in separate weight classes. Nationals, meanwhile, are split into two categories — cadet (grades 9 and 10) and juvenile (grades 11 and 12).
100 Mile House’s Kody Kennedy and Tiana Dykstra also travelled with the WLWC to provincials.
Dykstra, coached by Phil Johnston, won gold in the 43-kilogram weight class.
“Her technique is amazing, her drive is incredible and she is a true champion,” Sonia said, adding Dykstra will also be travelling to nationals with Braden in April.