“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.