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 Stampeders dominate on the mats


   Parkside takes the overall team title at the TVRA Michienzi conference finals

   led by female wrestler of the meet Julie Boyko


  Thursday, February 13, 2020


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By Rob J. Ross

LONDON, ON. - The Parkside Stampeders continue to dominate on the mats.

The Stampeders captured the overall team title at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) Michienzi Conference wrestling championships, at Saunders Secondary School. This comes on the heels of winning the TVRA Dual Meet title during the regular season.

Led by Julie Boyko, the female wrestler of the meet, Parkside handily won the female team title.
Gold medalists Brady Johnson and Gavin Eldridge, guided the Stampeders' men to second overall behind Saunders.

Parkside sends 26 athletes to the Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) championships, hosted by Banting high school in London, Thursday, February 20th.
The top five in each weight class advance to WOSSAA.

Boyko, who competed at OFSAA last year as a Grade nine athlete, was pleasantly surprised being named female wrestler of the meet, an award voted on by the coaches.

"I feel like, very achieved. I feel very proud of myself," said Boyko. "I think they saw that I don't give up and how I always push forward and keep trying. Maybe my good sportsmanship. Whenever someone loses to me, I always go up to them after and say you were good at this and this."

Boyko defeated defeated Sabrina Mills, of London Laurier, in the gold medal match.

"My last match was a hard one because she was very strong," said Boyko. "Two of my matches I went in and did a high crotch and automatically went into a half nelson. So that was good. I wrestle hard, go right off the bat, be aggressive and not wait for them to do something first."

Eldridge, an OFSAA silver medalist a year ago in the 57.kilogram division, moved up a weight class this year, but the Grade 12 student at no issues winnign at 61 kilograms.

"It's being mentally ready," said Eldridge. "I have to be ready at all times to wrestle. Anyone can beat you depending on the day. You have to be working harder."

Johnson took are of business in the boys' 130-kilogram class, including defeating teammate Gunnar Macleod in the final.

"I just went out and tried a little bit of everything and it seemed to roll through and work," Johnson said.

Melody Wilton (girls' 115-kg), Bryanna Cooper (72-kg) and Jeremy Anderson (boys' 44-kg), also won gold.

Taking home silver were Macleod, Cadence Hardwick (girls' 44-kg), Lillie Penner (girls' 51-kg), Payge Vey (girls' 61-kg), Allison Lawton (girls' 72-kg), Emma Penner (girls' 77-kg), Logan Taylor (boys' 77-kg) and Cole Moore (boys' 89-kg).

"I'm proud of them all. They wrestled hard today," Parkside coach Alicia Rowlands said. "We are a big family. We all get along and everybody is helping each other and trying to get everybody better."

Also qualifying for WOSSAA are Gillian De Schutter (fourth, girls' 51-kg), Avery Jackson (fifth, girls' 54-kg), Kenzie Kilmer (third, girls' 57.5-kg), Ellie Daniel (fifth, girls' 57.5-kg), Mary Sutherland (third, girls' 64-kg), Emma Rodgers (third, girls' 67.5-kg), Kira Buck (third, girls' 83-kg), Sierra McGahan (fourth, girls' 83-kg), Tyler Dale (third, boys' 57.5-kg), Ethan Scott (third, boys' 61-kg), Braylen Sutherland (fifth, boys' 89-kg), Paul Moore (third, boys' 95-kg).

Just missing a WOSSAA berth, but contributing towards team points placing sixth, Ayat Master (girls' 57.5-kg) and Gabe Forsyth (boys' 95-kg).


Rams send nine

The St. Joseph's Rams will have nine athletes at WOSSAA, led by gold medalists Ivana Csinos (girls' 61-kg) and Claire Vankoughnett (girls' 44-kg). The Lady Rams placed third in the team standings.

Ryder Dennison (boys' 44-kg), Krystian Krzyzewski (boys' 95-kg), Emma Lee (girls' 57.5-kg) and Liv Cracchiolo (second, girls' 115-kg) placed second.

Also qualifying are Ella Jakobi (third, girls' 54-kg), Diago Silva (fourth, boys' 64-kg), Nolan Giesbrecht (fourth, boys' 77-kg).

Jolene Schollner (girls' 64-kg) placed sixth.


Zebian leads Titans

The Central Elgin Titans send three, girls' 67.5-kilogram gold medalist Iman Zebian, Clark Jackson (second, boys' 72-kg) and Nefi Islami (third, boys' 44-kg). Maddie Bale (girls' 67.5-kg) placed sixth.

"It's a good honour so I'm really happy with that," said Zebian, who returned to wrestling after a one year absence from the sport. "I'm really excited and can't wait to see what is coming."

Zebian wrestled during her Grade eight at Locke's elementary, winning the girls' 53.5-kg division, at the Harry Geris wrestling festival.

Her highlight this season so far is winning a match in seven seconds thanks to a quick pin.

Nevada Bogart will represent the East Elgin Eagles, finishing fifth, in the boys' 57.5-kilogram class.

Ethan Braam (boys' 67.5-kg), of London Saunders, was the male most outstanding wrestler.


Charrette Conference

At the TVRA Charrette Conference championships, at Clarke Road Secondary, Lord Dorchester sends two to WOSSAA, Nathan Askey, the boys' 77-kilogram champion and Nick Lynch, runner-up in the boys' 38-kilogram class.

WOSSAA includes both TVRA conferences and Huron-Perth. The top two or three in selected weight classes, from WOSSAA advance to OFSAA, March 2-4, in Sault Ste.




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