Davenport, John Wise, Locke's, Elgin Court athletes shine with medal winning
performances at annual TVDSB elementary Harry Geris wrestling festival
Thursday, April 26, 2018
By Rob J. Ross
LONDON, ON. - It had to be one of the more competitive and exciting gold medal matches of the tournament.
Tyler Dale, of the John Wise Jaguars, won the boys' 43.6-kilogram weight class final, avenging a previous defeat by handing his opponent a first loss of the season, during the Thames Valley District School Board Harry Geris wrestling festival, at the Carling Heights Community Centre.
Dale won his gold medal, taking his F.D. Roosevelt Falcon opponent by pin with a half nelson, during a match that both combatants enjoyed waves of momentum.
"I really wanted to win, because I lost to him last meet. I circled around instead of walking straight into him and I was strong on my toes," said Dale, who escaped near defeat on a couple occasions. "Bridges and roll off my shoulder. He tried to push down but I would roll the other way."
John Wise, the Locke's Lions and Davenport Eagles returned to Elgin County with their share of hardware from the TVDSB's biggest wrestling meet.
Dale was one of four champions, from John Wise and he wasn't the only one from his own family, as brother Owen also took home gold.
Tamara Childs (girls' 51.8-kg) and Grace King, also won their respective weight class.
Gabe Forsyth took home silver. Eli Kingston, Greg Chute and Cole Groves were bronze medalists.
Julie Boyko, from Elgin Court and trains with John Wise, took home the bronze medal, in the girls' 53.5-kg class.
Among the Locke's Lion's 11 medalists, include champions Montel Souek (boys' 54.8-kg), Iman Zebian (girls' 53.5-kg) and Kendra Sheeller, who actually had to defeat teammate Payton Currah, in the girls' 40.3-kg final.
Kaley Paul (left, insert photo) led Davenport, winning gold in the girls' 59.7-kg round robin division, moving up from a bronze medal a year ago.
"I did a double leg takedown (final match). I got them down on their backs a lot and that helped," said Paul, adding her opponent from Bonaventure Meadows, was her toughest opponent due to her height advantage.
The Grade eight student, also won tournaments at Sherwood Fox and Davenport.
"Last year I didn't win a lot and this year I'm undefeated," said Paul, who now switches her focus to fastball, for the Springfield Brewers.
The Eagles had five champions and 15 medalists overall. Rachel Hiemstra took home silver in the girls' 65.5-kg class.
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