February 10, 2017
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS, Ont. - Six champions among the 21 moving on.
That was the day for Parkside Stampeders, winners of the overall title at the Thames Valley Region Athletics West conference wrestling championships, at Parkside Collegiate Institute.
The Stampders' boys won their division, led by gold medalists Duncan Murray (72-kg), Ryan Asher (57.5-kg), Gavin Eldridge (54-kg) and Luke Penner (47.5kg).
Parkside sends 21 athletes to the Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) championships, Friday, February 17, at Beal high school, in London.
Payton Brodie (61-kg class) and Cobie Gregory (44-kg), won gold for the girls' team.
Placing second for Parkside, were Ross McCaffrey (41-kg), Gavin Tapsell (64-kg), Pernell Pasch (67.5-kg), Nathan Uytterlinde (72-kg), Maddie King (girls 44-kg) and Elysha Tonkin (girls 61-kg).
St. Joseph's dominated the girls' division on way to the team title led by champions Nikky Laframboise (47.5-kg), Kailey Meehan (51-kg), Sydney Woodhouse (54-kg), Meredith Woodhouse (64-kg), Alex Cooper (83-kg) and Mackenzie Millar (115-kg).
Chelsie Tiller (57.5-kg) finished third.
The Rams send 19 in total to WOSSAA, including a pair of winners on the boys' side, in Josh Dekork (77-kg) and Tyler Dixon (51-kg).
Aidan Woodhouse (44-kg), Joshua Helkaa (95-kg) and Krystian Krzyzewski (89-kg), settled for silver.
The Central Elgin Titans have nine heading to WOSSAA.
Delaney Johnson (67.5-kg), Ryan Barney (83-kg), Seth Kuiper (89-kg) and Rod Gutmanis (95-kg), won their respective divisions. Sam Gutmanis (83-kg) settled for second, losing to team-mate Barney. Tyler Thomas (61-kg) also was a runner-up.
A trio of Arthur Voaden Vikings advance. Brianna Thompson (77-kg) and Cadence MacLeod (83-kg), were second in their respective girls' divisions, while Tyler Fox placed third in the boys' 95-kg class.
The Stampeders are coached by Alicia Rowlands, a 2012 CECI grad, who placed top five twice at OFSAA and won WOSSAA three times. Rowlands was also a two-time Canadian champion at the cadet-juvenile level.
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