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Four Ramblers wrestlers win gold

Maple Ridge wrestlers on to provincial championships
Maple Ridge Ramblers team captain Ryan Hicks (top) gets ready to throw his opponent during the Upper Fraser Valley championships, which were held at MRSS on Saturday. (Neil Corbett/THE NEWS)

Numerous local wrestlers from Maple Ridge secondary qualified for the provincials, after the Ramblers hosted the Upper Fraser Valley Wrestling Championships Saturday in the Ken Dockendorf gymnasium.

The Ramblers woman’s wrestling team dominated the competition. Leading the charge were Teegan Maschke, Ashleigh Roy, Ivy Threatful and Norah Wilkes who all captured gold medals.

Placing second were Abby Blinko, Soleil Brookes, and Madisyn Grof.

The men’s team placed sixth as a team in arguably the toughest zone in the province with Adrian Truong, Jacob McClure and Ryan Hicks all earning hard-fought silver medals. Hicks, Grade 11, who won a national championship last year, will be a favourite to medal at provincials. Truong, Grade 10, also won bronze at nationals last year.

The Ridge wrestling team hopes to take this winning momentum into the Langley Events Center next Monday and Tuesday, as they compete in the B.C. High School Championships.

“All Ridge wrestling fans are cordially invited to attend and watch their favorite athletes go for the gold,” said MRSS wrestling coach Bill McCrae.

At left, Grade 10 Ivy Threatful (right) faces her Maple Ridge Ramblers teammate Madisyn Grof, a Grade 8, in the Upper Fraser Valley wrestling championships on Saturday at their school gymnasium. Threatful took gold and Grof silver, and they were part of a dominant team effort. (Neil Corbett photos/ THE NEWS)

Neil Corbett

About the Author: Neil Corbett

I have been a journalist for more than 30 years, the past decade with the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News.
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