Wrestlers win silver medals in Edmonton
by Phil Ambroziak
Members of Carpenter High School’s wrestling team have pinned down some more accolades.
During a tournament held in Edmonton Jan. 28, Grade 12 students and second-year wrestlers Scott MacKay and Morgan Graham both secured silver for the Meadow Lake team. It is an achievement their coach,
Jason Guenther, described as remarkable considering the calibre of athletes who competed that day.
“We did really well in what was a higher-end tournament,” Guenther said. “The tournament featured mainly Alberta teams, but there were others from B.C. as well as Saskatchewan. Throughout the various weight categories, there was probably close to 500 high school wrestlers in attendance.”
Originally scheduled to compete in a two-day tournament in Regina, the Carpenter team opted instead to attend in the one-day Edmonton event.
“The tournament in Regina conflicted with our final exams here at the high school – that’s why it was changed,” Guenther said. “We also took with us some kids from Jonas Samson and Dorintosh for a junior high tournament taking place at the same time.”
Along with the second-place performances by MacKay and Graham, Guenther said a few other Carpenter wrestlers placed fourth, just missing out on bronze medals. Overall, Carpenter was represented by eight wrestlers – seven boys and one girl.
“The junior high wrestlers didn’t fare as well, which surprised me because we were pretty confident going in,” Guenther continued. “But, one wrestler had an injured ankle and lost two matches while the rest, I think, simply underestimated the competition.”
There were more than 400 junior high wrestlers on hand, resulting in close to 1,000 wrestlers altogether.
Next up for the Carpenter team is a tournament in Saskatoon this weekend. Exclusively a high school tournament, Guenther described it as being another important competition for his team.
“I hope we do well, of course, and I think a lot of our wrestlers now realize there is a lot of good competition out there,” he said. “They gained experience in Edmonton and hopefully they will utilize what they learned in Saskatoon.”