Mateya Haintz

Mateya Haintz

MRSS grapplers going for B.C. medals

High hopes for provincial meet in Abbotsford.

Several members of the Maple Ridge Ramblers will be competing for medals Friday and Saturday at the B.C. high school wrestling championships in Abbotsford.

Oliva McDonnell won gold at the recent Fraser Valley championships, while Cam Hicks, Dionte Hurtado and Wolfie Wallace earned silvers. Mateya Haintz took bronze. Hayden Tupper and Jacob Burgi both finished fourth.

“Individually we’ve done quite well,” said Ramblers wrestling coach Bill McCrea.

He expects McDonnell and Hicks to vie for B.C. medals.

Hicks won the provincial title last year, and came second at nationals.

McDonnell earned bronze at the  provincials last year.

McCrea wouldn’t be surprised to see Wallace and Tupper medal, either, and said Hurtado is capable of a Top-6 finish.

With no seniors on the team, McCrea isn’t expecting the Ramblers to contend for any team titles.

But next year, with five wrestlers in Grade 12, “will be a different story.”