Carbonear Col­le­giate holds onto male wrestling ti­tle

The Compass - - SPORTS -

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.

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