Ramblers win at War on the Floor

Coach Bill McCrae said his Maple Ridge Ramblers wrestling team had “phenomenal results” in at the BC Wrestling War on the Floor last week.

Ramblers wrestlers have been getting good results so far this season.

Ramblers wrestlers have been getting good results so far this season.

Coach Bill McCrae said his Maple Ridge Ramblers wrestling team had “phenomenal results” in at the BC Wrestling War on the Floor last week.

In the novice division on Thursday, both Aslan Ouimet and Lucas Kolobara struck gold with three straight wins – all by pins.

Grade 8s Ivy Threatful and Adrian Truong earned hard-fought bronze medals, while Jacob McLure finished just off the podium by placing fourth.

Haider Allami and Braiden Davis rounded out the Rambler team scoring with sixth-place finishes

On Friday, at the elite competition, all seven Ridge wrestlers placed.

“That’s a feat that hasn’t been accomplished for a long, long  time,” said McCrae.

Grade 9 Ryan Hicks wrestled the tournament of his life to win gold, as did senior Miki Rowbottom – exhibiting some serious technical wrestling, said the coach.

Marquesis Haintz, Nate Van Alestyn and Lucas Kobobara won bronze medals, with Aslan Ouimet and Marc Morete finishing sixth.

McCrae called it a “great way to end out our 2016 wrestling season, giving us a lot of momentum heading into a 2017 schedule, which features tournaments in Kamloops, Port Alberni and Salmon Arm.”

“I’m reallly proud of the way Miki and Ryan wrestled on Friday and also of  Lucas and Aslan for placing in two very tough, consecutive tournaments.”

• An MRSS graduate was part of an SFU Clan team that dominated the Women’s West Coast Tournament of Champions.

Payten Smith (170/191-lb) claimed top billing in her divisions at the Hardwood Palace in Rocklin, CA.

Smith, in her second year at SFU, won her way to the finals with two pins before taking the final match by forfeit.