Smithers wrestling team. (From left to right) Simon Love, Tyde Elliott, Travis Stephens, Taya Endacott, Eryn Wilkins, Addison Bree. Missing Tristan Harris. (Contributed photo)

Smithers wrestling team. (From left to right) Simon Love, Tyde Elliott, Travis Stephens, Taya Endacott, Eryn Wilkins, Addison Bree. Missing Tristan Harris. (Contributed photo)

SSS team almost wrestles their way to the top

Team places second in the PGSS Icebreaker tournament last weekend

Smithers Secondary School wrestlers returned home from Prince George with some hardware.

The team went to the PGSS Icebreaker tournament December 3. This was the first tournament for Bulkley Valley wrestlers since the BC Summer Games, with teams travelling in from Smithers all the way to Bella Coola.

Second year wrestler, Taya Endacott who is in grade 9 won gold in the Girls 54-kilogram weight class. She won all of her matches by pinning her opponent.

Tyde Elliott also in grade 9 won silver in the Boys 54-kilogram weight class.

Simon Love in grade 10 picked up silver in the Boys 70-kilogram weight class.

First year wrestler Tristan Harris took home bronze in the Boys 48-kilogram weight class.

Eryn Wilkins, in grade 9, had one of the quickest pins of the tournament (23 seconds) and won bronze in the Girls 60-kilogram weight class.

Travis Stephens, placed fourth in the Boys 63-kilogram weight class but head coach Addison Bree said he had the toughest draw in the tournament. He had to wrestle two BC Summer Games Champions back-to-back.

The team had an incredible result, placing second in the girl’s tournament, tying for third in the boy’s tournament, and placing second overall.

“I’m really proud of the result and all of the kids,” added Bree. “I’m really impressed with their courage and determination for such a young team.”

Wrestlers are getting ready for their next tournament in Vanderhoof on December 10.

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