Atlantic High School Wrestling Festival & N.S. Provincial Open Champiponships
We had 10 of our wrestlers participate in the Atlantic High School Wrestling Festival on Saturday and 3 students wrestle (Tea, Josh and Nathan) in the N.S. Open Provincial Championships on Sunday, under our club name “Windsor Mat Kings”. All three in the open competition won medals in both competitions.
KES Wrestlers Bring home Medals from a Two-Tournament Weekend
We had 10 of our wrestlers participate in the Atlantic High School Wrestling Festival on Saturday and 3 students wrestle (Tea, Josh and Nathan) in the N.S. Open Provincial Championships on Sunday, under our club name “Windsor Mat Kings”. Brisnel Etou Bosseba brought home the lone gold medal after a spectacular performance capped off with a convincing win in the final against his Canada Games Core team opponent on Saturday. Brisnel disposed of all opponents from N.S., PEI and N.B., with 9 competitors in his 58 kg weight class. He followed this effort up with a hike of Mount Moses with his Kilimanjaro group, with a weighted pack on his back on Sunday – and as always a great smile on his face.
Other notable finishes came from Tea Racozzi with a silver medal in the Saturday event in an 8 – person draw. She followed this up with another silver medal performance on Sunday. In her final match she came up against the same Canada Games Core Team wrestler, who she lost to on the previous day – her only loss; in the Sunday final she missed winning a close match by 1 point and was certainly the wrestler in control. She has wrestled for less than a month and has seen steady and significant progress to match her competitive nature. Josh Mills in the 76 kg class had an amazing weekend winning bronze on Saturday and a silver in the provincial Open on Sunday. He is another first year wrestler who is becoming an amazing offensive force. He improves with every match and will be a threat to medal in his first trip to the high school provincials the first weekend in March. He had some amazing wins over the weekend and is very coachable. Nathan Danquah was another wrestler to compete in both tournaments and came away with a bronze and silver medal in the 100 kg class. He lost to his opponent from PEI on both days – his only losses. The Sunday was a very different affair than the Saturday match. On Sunday, Nathan wrestled with more intent and was the dominant wrestler in the match. At one point he led by 6 points before getting caught in a trip in the final moments of the second round, ending in getting pinned. His opponent was not scored on to this point in the season, including his victory the previous weekend winning the Eastern Canadian Championships. Samantha Ho showed determination and worked hard for a fourth place finish in her first ever matches and tournament.
One of our other club wrestlers won the Gold Medal in the Provincial Open championships – Jason Verryn Stuart won the senior division in a solid performance. The previous provincial championship that I was fortunate enough to coach Mr. Stuart in was when he won the NSSAF senior boys’ rugby championship – 21 years ago. He followed that rugby championship up, that summer, as a member of the Canada Games Rugby team.
The wrestlers will have this coming weekend off, before competing in the Metro Championships on the 20th, followed by the regional championships at Sir John “A” and the following weekend the NSSAF Provincial Championships at Forest Heights on March 5th and 6th.
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