Titans rule home mats
The Swift Current Titans Wrestling Club hosted their biggest home tournament in club history on Saturday.
The team was just as successful on the mat with 26 athletes in action, including 11 who finished atop their weight categories. Aleah Nickel, Jace Reich, Grayson Collier, Ryder Rommelaere, Linkin Buckton, Talon Tumback, Dominic Bonogofski, Austin Shopa, Gabby Bonogofski, Carson Krogsgaard, and Kaiden Fletcher all won gold medals for the Titans.
“I was really proud of our kids,” said Titans’ coach Cur- tis Biem. “They have been working hard this season. This was our third tournament and you can see the growth from the first two.”
Jackson Kosior, Kaleb McBurnay, Aiden Weins, Bennet Shotter, Chaz Vandendort, and Ella Smith added silver medals for the Titans. Winning bronze were Brooklyn Cappelle, Davan Krogsgaard, Liam Rayner, Anik Piche, and Luke Nelson. Andrew Steinley, Regan Kemp, and Alex Cherpin all placed fourth and Xander Nicholson finished fifth.
“What I was really impressed with our kids was that they did really well as far as the results go,” said Biem.
“But they were really able to put stuff together, they were aggressive, they were good sports, and they put into play the stuff that we have been practicing, so I was really happy with that.”
Biem said it was the biggest tournament they have ever held with almost 180 wrestlers in attendance from 12 teams from as far away as Esterhazy, Wilkie and Prince Albert. He said the volunteer effort to exe- cute such a large event was outstanding.
“Yeah it was fantastic. We did our tournament set-up on Friday night at the school and we probably had a 99 percent attendance rate and most of the ones that couldn’t make it had done something prior or they were there working on Saturday. It was a real fantastic effort by the parents and it is something that we have always had here with our team and I sure do appreciate that too.”
Biem said that the Titans have about 30 wrestlers this season with the majority of them in the grades 1-4 range. They practice Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. The Titans will return to the mats on March 15 when they attend a tournament in Saskatoon. “We have about a month and a half to kind of work on things that we saw in these last couple of tournaments. Everybody is going to be improving as the year goes on and so we just have to keep on working hard to stay where we are relative to everybody else,” said Biem. Swift Current’s Gabby Bonogofske (right) was in full control of her opponent on the ground during a decisive victory Saturday.