On February 1 at 4:00 p.m. 20 Roland Michener wrestling Rams set out for a massive Western Canada showdown at the University of Alberta Butterdome. Wrestling Coach Ian Doetzel says it was also a matter of a new red dot weigh-in system. The new system weighs one random person from the team in the senior high division; if they don’t make weight with a one kg weight allowance they will be eliminated from the tournament.
Doetzel says if that one person doesn’t qualify, the whole team gets weighed. He didn’t know who the designated weighee was to be “until we got there in the morning. I went up and looked at the list and saw Keith Reason’s name up there so I went back to the bleachers, pulled Keith aside and told him what we had to do and that was make weight.”
Doetzel says right before the weigh-in he noticed Reason was in the singlets, but with his socks on so he told him to take them off and he did. He weighed in and was exactly the max he could be with the one kg weight allowance.
“He was 73 kg on the dot in a 72 kg weight class. It may have been the socks but either way he made weight and the whole team was spared.”
With that bit of drama out of the way, the wrestling commenced. It was a first-time tournament for two rookies on the team. Aiden Davison, who wrestled well and walked away with a great experience. Rowan Krupinski was the other rookie; she wrestled in her first tournament ever and won two and lost two. Doetzel says it was an amazing feat for a first tournament.
In the end, Doetzel says, it was Zane Lightening Fillion walking away with the most impressive record of a bronze medal in a weight class with 18 or more competitors.
This was in the senior high division which Doetzel says is extremely high calibre.
“Zane is in his grade 10 year, so is it at the bottom of the senior high division, but pulled off an astounding result of a bronze medal – the the second-best RMSS showing ever achieved.”
The next big tournament is rural provincials where all teams in Alberta compete for a top spot to be able to go to provincials. Doetzel says all the teams compete except for Edmonton and Calgary, where they each have their own city championships.
Then five from Edmonton, five from Calgary and five from the rural zone square off at provincials in Stony Plain for the final tournament in March. The Sr. High Rams will leave Feb. 21, headed for Lethbridge for the Rural Showdown and a chance of a banner.