Andrea Morris

Wrestling is just as much of a mental game as a physical one for Andrea Morris.

The Grade 9 student at Queen of Angels School is already thinking about her next move before she makes it.

“When you watch her wrestle, it’s like watching someone play chess,’’ said Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club head coach Nick Zuback.

“She’s very methodical when it comes to her technique. She just knows when to react to an action that another wrestler’s done. She’s just a thinker really.’’

Morris, 14, recently placed second in her weight class at the provincial championships in Prince George.

“It was incredible,’’ she said of the experience.

“I did it in Grade 8, too, when we held it here, but never placed as well. This year, it was just amazing.’’

Morris’ result was the best ever provincial placing by a Queen of Angels student.

She was named the most outstanding female wrestler during the CVWC awards banquet.

Naturally, it was Zuback who got Morris interested in taking up wrestling.

“I think my gymnastics background has helped me through it,’’ she said. “I’ll definitely continue with it throughout high school and university, too, hopefully.’’

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