Ti­tans rule home mats

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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.

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