Ramblers grapple with expectations

MRSS had sights set on top prize at 2016 provincials but loss of team members hinder chances, says coach

MRSS senior wrestler Daniel Jo works on technique with Dionte Hurtado during practice on Wednesday in preparation for the first meet of the season this weekend

MRSS senior wrestler Daniel Jo works on technique with Dionte Hurtado during practice on Wednesday in preparation for the first meet of the season this weekend

The goal was to compete for a provincial wrestling title in 2016.

Maple Ridge Secondary head coach William McCrae said that was the goal five years ago when he had a promising crop of seven young grapplers take to the mat for the first time.

But coming into the 2015/16 season, the head coach is dealing with the recent loss of two of his top wrestlers from last year, who have decided not to come back

The loss of those team points will seriously hurt their chances for a team title.

“Going to be very difficult to win the B.C’s this year, but I still think we can be in the top six.”

Leading the way for MRSS will be team captain Cameron Hicks. The Grade 12 won bronze at the provincial championships in February of 2015 in the 48 kg class, despite battling a painful shoulder injury.

Hicks won the provincial title the previous year and placed second at the nationals.

The team will also be relying on senior Oliva McDonnell, who won gold at the Fraser Valley championships last season. The head coach said he’s excited by the number of new recruits joining the team.

MRSS will travel to North Vancouver this weekend for the first meet of the season, the Roberts Rumble.

“It will be a good test for them. They’ll take some licks, but the experience is important,” he said.

Just Posted

Students at James Cameron school contributed their original stories and illustrations to class books which were then published. (Special to The News)
Students with dyslexia at Maple Ridge school become published authors

Each contributed a story and illustration to a class book

Golden Ears Mountains, captured in May 2021. (Black Press Media files)
2nd year of day passes required for entry into 5 provincial parks launches in B.C.

Pilot program seeks to protect the environment by addressing visitor surges amid the COVID-19 pandemic

The Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C. says the province continues to invest too little in BC Parks, compared with public demand. (Special to The News)
Outdoor rec group decries parks funding

Golden Ears Park packed by record numbers of visitors

Community residents, businesses, and youth are all encouraged to complete economic development surveys. (The News files)
City of Maple Ridge asks for community input on economic development

Three surveys available online will help shape strategy for years to come

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Schools in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows exposed to COVID-19

Davie Jones and Hammond elementary schools have confirmed cases

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
Penticton heads to court over homeless shelter as BC Housing audit begins

The city was not satisfied with the response from Minister David Eby regarding the ongoing situation

People enjoy the sun at Woodbine Beach on June 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
BC Hydro assures customers it has ‘more than enough’ power to weather the heatwave

Despite an increase of pressure on the Western grid, blackouts are not expected like in some U.S. states

Air Canada planes sit on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Pilots say no reason to continue quarantines for vaccinated international travellers

Prime minister says Canada still trying to limit number of incoming tourists

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Police closed off 16th Avenue between 232nd and 240th streets in Aldergrove Saturday night at the site of a reported motor vehicle accident. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: Survivors of rollover crash thank Good Samaritans for coming to their aid

Collision flipped vehicle into a 10-foot ditch on 16th Avenue in Langley

Val Litwin is the latest candidate to declare his bid for the B.C. Liberal leadership. (Litwin campaign video)
Political newcomer joins contest for B.C. Liberal leadership

Val Litwin a former B.C. Chamber of Commerce CEO

Lincoln Mckoen. (YouTube)
Anglican bishop of the central Interior resigns over sexual misconduct allegations

Lincoln Mckoen was elected as a bishop of the Territory of the People region last year

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc reserve. (Allen Douglas/Kamloops This Week)
Tk’emlups preparing for archaeological work at B.C. residential school site where remains found

The 215 graves are, to the band’s knowledge, undocumented deaths for which it is still collecting records

Most Read