On February 21 and 22nd Roland Michener Rams senior high wrestling team went to Lethbridge for rural provincials. It is a big tournament where all teams in Alberta except for Edmonton and Calgary compete for the top five places to be able to go to provincials.
Roland Michener sent seven male wrestlers to this tournament.
Kenya Ross, who is a first-year wrestler, beat out a seventh-year veteran who is a member of team Canada. Kenya went on and wrestled very well to get a fourth-place finish and qualify for provincials.
Next up was Robert Rowe. He wrestled hard match after match and placed third – a great representation for the captain of the team.
Keith Reason wrestled well despite injuring his bicep and is also qualifying for provincials. Next up was big Zach Buchanan, another rookie. He won his first two matches and then in his third match injured his toe quite badly and had to forfeit. However he placed fourth overall and will be heading to provincials.
Adam Perkinson was in a stacked weight class with tough opponents. He never gave up, wrestled hard and placed eighth overall.
Zane Lightening-Fillion won several matches, but in a technical decision which was quite sketchy the refs gave the match to his opponent, although Zane was in control of the match the whole time. This was a tough loss to take for the coach and for Zane.
Karl Koester had only one opponent in his weight class. He wrestled hard but could not find a way to beat his opponent two of three. However he got home with the silver medal. Great job.
Roland Michener does qualify and will go to provincials in Stony Plain, March 8 and 9.