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Three Maple Ridge wrestlers crowned provincial champs

 Cam Hicks (blue) from Maple Ridge secondary wrestles Daya Gill of Hope in the 45-kg gold medal match at the provincial high school wrestling championships in Prince George. Hicks won the match.   - Evan Seal/Black Press
Cam Hicks (blue) from Maple Ridge secondary wrestles Daya Gill of Hope in the 45-kg gold medal match at the provincial high school wrestling championships in Prince George. Hicks won the match.
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The Maple Ridge Ramblers have two B.C. high school wrestling champions.

“We had a tremendous, tremendous B.C. championships,” said MRSS wrestling coach Bill McCrae, who was with his team in Prince George for the provincial tournament.

He said the Ramblers sent seven wrestlers to the provincials, and they came home with three medals.

Payten Smith and Cam Hicks each won their respective weight classes and became champions.

It caps an amazing high school career for Smith, who went undefeated for four straight years, having not lost a match since early Grade 9.

A third Maple Ridge wrestler won gold, as Cody Osbourne from Westview secondary beat Amrit Benning from Abbotsford in the 70 kg boys final.

Rambler Libby McDonnell transformed her 2013 dream goal of reaching the B.C. podium into a reality, and earned a bronze medal.

First-year wrestler Wolfie Wallace also got on the podium, placing fourth.

Gareth Bourke and Scott McKenzie each won two matches before flying home from Prince George Saturday night.

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