Elementary Wrestlers leave it all on the mats
Imagine over 600 wrestlers and 10 mats all under one roof; the Lakehead Elementary Wrestling Tournament felt more like a mini-Olympics than a regional wrestling event.
The tournament was held at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay on April 26.
Each member of the Warrior Wrestling Club fought between three and five matches to earn their spot on the podium. Although relatively small in stature, these youngsters are big in heart and determination! Win or lose, they embodied the grace and sportsmanship of true champions. There was no quit in these kids; they were relentless in their attack, while humble and respectful in both victory and defeat.
Then again, defeat is a matter of perspective; it takes courage to step on the mat, and the true battle is not merely with the opponent, but also within oneself. The wrestler’s journey is to challenge himself or herself to have the courage to show up and give it their all without excuses, and to take pride in being better than they were yesterday. Most importantly, wrestlers give everything they have and try their best, whether it is on the mat or in life. Hold your heads high Warrior wrestlers! You certainly exemplified this, and we are proud of you!
Gold: Ryder Boissoneault, Jesse Crispino, and Isaiah Hartnett. Silver: Omi Sakamoto, Samurai Sakamoto, Sophie Macleod, Jayden Forbes, Aiyana Flett, Maguire Rose, and Ethan McCord. Bronze: Evan Burch, Mihtig Donnelly, Tia Chum, Alysa Rhone, and Jaiden McKay. Fourth: Hunter Atwood. Fifth: JJ Wilson.
Submitted by Queen Elizabeth District High School wrestling coach Rob Sakamoto and the Queen Elizabeth coaches.