Carbonear Collegiate holds onto male wrestling title
Carbonear Collegiate reclaimed the male wrestling title during the provincial wrestling championships hosted by the school.
Stephenville High School upset the Sentinel females to take the female title.
High school wrestlers from all over the province gathered at Carbonear Collegiate Feb. 19-20 for the 2010 School Sport Newfoundland and Labrador High School Provincial Wrestling Championships.
Randy Ralph, coach of the Carbonear Collegiate Wrestling Team, said, “the high school wrestling tournament is the most anticipated tournament of the year because of the SSNL banner which schools proudly display in their gymnasiums.”
Ralph said, “most coaches prepare the whole year for the high school provincial tournament and a lot of hard work, and sweat is poured into getting ready for it.”
Carbonear Collegiate dominated male wrestling throughout the first decade of the 21st century finishing no lower than second at the SSNL Provincial Championship. The school won provincial male banners in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
During weekend competition the male Sentinels were awarded eight out of fifteen possible gold medals in their division, along with five silver and three bronze. Carbonear Collegiate totalled 85 team points while their closest competitors, Stephenville High School, accumulated 39.
The tournament was very close up until the medal round. Ralph observed, “the boys had to come up with some very important victories against some pretty tough wrestlers to secure the banner.”
The Sentinel females have a history, which is almost as successful as their male counterparts. They previously captured provincial SSNL high school titles in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Unfortunately Carbonear Collegiate could not hold onto their four-year reign as the top female wrestling team in the province. The girls were awarded three gold medals along with four silver and one bronze. They accumulated 40 team points, sixteen less than first place Stephenville High School. Female coach Frankie Ralph took the loss in stride. “ The girls fought hard”, said Frankie. “ They wrestled the best they could and I am sure they will work hard to get the banner back next year.”
Ascension Collegiate, coached by rookie coaches Kent Chaulk, and Blair Lane, had a tremendous showing with a fourth place in male competition and a fifth place in female. The boys team also picked up the male sportsmanship award.
FIRST PLACE - Carbonear Collegiate Sentinels wrestling team captured first place, reclaiming their provincial male wrestling title at the 2010 School Sport Newfoundland and Labrador High School Provincial Wrestling Championships held in Carbonear Feb. 19-20.
SPORTSMANSHIP - Ascension Collegiate’s wrestling team walked away with the Sportsman banner at the 2010 School Sport NL High School Provincial Wrestling Championships held in Carbonear Feb. 19-20. The Bay Roberts based team also finished in fourth place overall.