Braden Conrod (right) and fellow Williams Lake Wrestling Club wrestler Colten Gonyer

Braden Conrod (right) and fellow Williams Lake Wrestling Club wrestler Colten Gonyer

Lakecity grapplers provincial-bound

The Williams Lake Wrestling Club carted home multiple medals from the High School Wrestling North Zone Championships.

  • Feb. 16, 2012 10:00 a.m.

The Williams Lake Wrestling Club carted home multiple medals from the High School Wrestling North Zone Championships.

The event, held this past weekend in Vanderhoof, saw six WLWC grapplers take part.

“Five out of six medalled and made it to provincials,” said WLWC president Sonia Conrod.

Grade 10 Kara Pare finished with a bronze medal in the girls 54 kilogram weight class.

In the 60 kg class, Makaela Haller, also grade 10, won her first medal claiming gold.

On the boys’ side, grade 8 Braden Conrod swept through his 54-kg weight class winning the gold medal.

Also in the 54-kg class, teammate Colten Gonyer, grade 9, took home silver in his first-ever tournament.

Everett Stump, grade 11, was up against a tough weight class and finished just out of medal contention, taking fifth in the 60 kg weight class.

Meanwhile, veteran Kerry Normand, grade 11, battled his way to a silver medal in the 90 kg division.

“I am very proud of our kids,” Sonia said. “They did incredibly well and fought hard.”

At zones, all wrestlers compete based on weight class, not grade.

“These tournaments are a little different than the ones working up to this one,” she said. “All students grade 8-12 compete in one age class. This will be a great experience for all the students, especially challenging for the first time and younger athletes as they will learn and know what to expect in the years to come.

“We are looking forward to provincials in Penticton next weekend with high hopes of nationals in New Brunswick in April.”

Also this weekend the WLWC’s intermediate grapplers head to 100 Mile House for its annual Wrestlemania tournament.