Press Release - Roberts Rumble December 4th

Post date: Dec 5, 2010 5:50:41 PM

Armada Wrestlers get top matches at the Roberts Rumble

Island Boys Second Overall

Members from the Senior ADSS Wrestling team comprised the majority of an Island select team that competed at the Roberts Rumble on the weekend. For most of the Armada Senior wrestling team this was their first action of the season. The tournament took place at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Teams were made up from regional clubs and many of the top wrestlers from around the province were present.

The Island boy’s team placed 2nd overall in this dual meet tournament. In this type of tournament format teams compete head to head at each weight class. Points are awarded to teams based on how a wrestler wins or loses. The format makes for exciting and spectator friendly battles between teams.

In route to the finals the boy’s team had a 28 – 13 victory over Tri-Cities, a 25-17 victory over North Shore, and a 27 – 21 victory over the Burnaby Selects. Unfortunately the Island boys could not sustain the momentum into their fourth and final dual meet match where they lost a hard fought battle against the the Khlasa Wrestling Club 21 – 27. Three ADSS boys went undefeated to claim their individual weight class titles and lead the Island Team to its second place finish. Grade 12 wrestler Austin Evans threw everyone of his opponents and went 4-0 in the 58 kilogram division. Grade 11 Cullen Hines was simply dominating going 4-0 and pinning all of his opponents in the 76 kilogram division. Although only in Grade 9 Jesse Wagner turned some heads going 4-0 in the 46 kilogram division. Wagner and his twin brother Jordan are going to be valuable additions to the ADSS this year. Also winning matches for the Island team was Jordan Wagner (2-2 at 50 kilograms), Austin Jaworski (1-3 at 69 kilograms). While reflecting on the performance of the team Coach James Messenger had this to say “I am really happy with how we wrestled today. This tournament is a great indicator of how we compare to the other top wrestlers and teams around the province at this point early in the season. It helps us gauge where are at and where we need to focus our development. It is still very early but based on how we performed I think it is safe to say the Armada boys are going to once again threaten to place in the top 3 at the Provincial High School tournament.”

A handful of Armada girls also made the ferry trip over to get some much needed matches against Lower Mainland opponents. Unfortunately the girls division was not as deep as the boys and their only opposition came from a North Shore select team. Jordie Bodnar (43 kilograms), Rhea Wing (43 kilograms), and Brianne Charles (65 kilograms) all recorded wins for their team. “It was unfortunate that our girls didn’t get more matches, however every match counts. The more matches we get the better prepared we are going to be in February at the Provincial Championships. Our girls team is not big in numbers but we really hope to make a run for the title come February,” commented Coach Russ Bodnar.

The next action for the Armada Wrestling Team will next week when the team will travel to Chemanius for the Cougar Invitational. December 16 & 17 the Armada will attend the “War on the Floor” tournament at Simon Fraser University. There will be novice and elite divisions at the tournament and it is expected that the team will be bringing as many wrestlers as they can to get some competition prior to Christmas.