The Salmon Arm Secondary Wrestling team flexed their muscles this weekend in the 2016 Okanagan Zone Tournament at the Jackson Campus gym.
More than 75 wrestlers from across the Interior attended the tournament in hopes of qualifying for the provincial tournament.
SAS was represented by a strong contingent of dedicated wrestlers and 24 of the team members qualified for provincials.
The boys from SAS dominated the tournament in every weight class, and the girls also managed to fend off the competition.
Both the boys and girls came out on top in the aggregate results giving SAS the Okanagan Zone title.
“It wasn’t a surprise, we knew our boys were going to win; the fact that the younger kids did so well was a pleasant surprise – though not a total shock,” commented coach Ray Munsie about the kids’ results.
Claiming the gold medals for SAS included Cassie O’Flaherty, Jenna Cote, Rayn Lee-Douglas, Elijah Lazar, Scott Favall, Rohan Kafle, Awatar Kafle, Trevor New, Reid McInnes, Damien Patrick, Sam Poffinbarger, Jacob Fagrie and Dylan Taylor.
Taking home silver medals for SAS included Kaylin Namislo, Heather Wolfear, Colin Robinson, Colton Greeno, Skylar Bailey, Drew Bannister and Alec Crawford.
Claiming points in the aggregate totals with a bronze medal was Jordan Fournier. Wrestlers who placed in forth and fifth also claimed points for the team. Shyanne Matthys, Cole Sweatlikoe, and Colton Steiger finished in the top five earning valuable points for their team.
The 24 qualified wrestlers will head to the provincial tournament in Abbotsford on Feb. 25 to 27.