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“I was re­ally im­pressed that they im­ple­mented what we have been work­ing on in prac­tice,” ex­plained Biem, who has been coach­ing the Titans since re­turn­ing to Swift Cur­rent in 1999.

The young Titans also had six sec­ond-place, five third-place, four fourth­place, and two fifth-place fin­ishes.

“A lot of kids did re­ally well too. We had our share of gold, sil­ver, and bronze medals, but every­body wres­tled re­ally well. I was re­ally im­pressed with their work ethic and their com- mit­ment to try­ing the stuff we have been work­ing on.”

He said it was ex­cit­ing to see many of the new­com­ers com­pete in a tour­na­ment for the first time.

“It is re­ally good. I think a lot of times the kids would prob­a­bly start com­pet­ing be­fore their par­ents would maybe want them to. In wrestling, es­pe­cially at the younger ages, every­body is more or less on the same foot­ing. It was re­ally good I think, not only for the kids to get that taste, but also for their par­ents in the club to see that the kids are right along with every­body else. They will win some, lose some, but there is a lot of suc­cesses be­tween win­ning and los­ing in do­ing the things that we have been work­ing on.”

The tour­na­ment was able to grow this year when the club used four mats at the Com­pre­hen­sive High School Gym­na­sium.

“The Comp. Gym is prob­a­bly the best fa­cil­ity we go to all year to hold a wrestling tour­na­ment. If we had to we could put more mats in there, we would just have to ship them in from Moose Jaw or some­thing like that,” said Biem when asked if there was room to grow.

He said it was a group ef­fort to host the mas­sive event.

“It was phe­nom­e­nal. Ev­ery year, I am not sur­prised, but I am just ex­hil­a­rated by the com­mit­ment and the level of com­mu­nity that the par­ents show. I am kind of the traf­fic di­rec­tor. But Fri­day night dur­ing the set up we had par­ents from just about ev­ery kid there and if they couldn’t make it that night they were do­ing some­thing else dur­ing the day or they were there dur­ing the take­down. When you have that kind of com­mit­ment a lot of stuff can get done quickly.”

Biem noted the lead­er­ship group of the club pres­i­dent and trea­surer who have been with the club for many years. “The lead­er­ship of those two fam­i­lies sure makes my job easy. I just kind of have to get there and coach and an­swer some ques­tions.”

The Titans next tour­na­ment will be in Moose Jaw, fol­lowed by a tour­na­ment in Saska­toon, and then Provin­cials will be held in Prince Al­bert prior to Easter.

The Titans also have two ath­letes who are ranked at the top of the lad­der to rep­re­sent Saskatchew­an at the 2015 Western Canada Sum­mer Games in Fort McMur­ray, AB in Au­gust. One tri­als has al­ready been held to rank the kids and the fi­nal tri­als will be held in May. Grade 10 Austin Shopa and grade eight Aleah Nickel are con­sid­ered strong can­di­dates to make that team.

Re­sults were as fol­lows: 1st place

Ju­dah Drin­nan - Freshie 21-23; Talon Tum­back - Freshie 31-33; Chaz Van­den­dort - Novice 22-24; Da­van Krogs­gaard - Novice 24-27; Ry­der Rom­me­laere - Novice 27-29; Do­minic Bono­gof­ski - Novice 29-33; Ai­den Kehler - Novice 40-42; Gabby Bono­gof­ski - Pee­wee Fe­male 3438; Luke Knel­son - Pee­wee Male 52-56; Eli­jah Harden - Pee­wee Male 62-69; Aleah Nickel - Ban­tam Fe­male 4649; Aleah Nickel - Cadet/Ju­ve­nile Fe­male 4651; Austin Shopa - Cadet/Ju­ve­nile Male 112117. 2nd place

Reid Carl­son - Novice 2527; Parker Robert­son - Novice 29-33; Chet­ten An­der­son - Novice 44-48; Anik Piche - Novice 49-55; Car­son Krogs­gaard - Pee­wee Male 40-46; Kaiden Fletcher - Ban­tam Male 40-42. 3rd place

Colter Folk - Freshie 1820; Calex Tay­lor - Freshie 2325; Xan­der Nicholson - Freshie 23-27; Ai­den Wiens - Novice 27-29; Au­tumn Shopa - Pee­wee Fe­male 34-38. 4th place

Ri­ley Wingert - Freshie 27-30; Tyler McIsaac - Novice 34-38; Spencer McGoni­gal - Pee­wee Male 35-40; Brock Do­erk­sen - Cadet/Ju­ve­nile Male 112-117. 5th place

Archer Klien - Novice 2427; Ethan Bai­ley - Novice 2527.

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