Marshview brings home the gold from district tournament

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Many people like to be in control. In the sport of wrestling, it is not just something an athlete likes, it is necessary if that athlete wants to win. Winning was the goal of many Marshview student-athletes at a recent tournament.

Marshview Middle School had several wrestlers compete in the recent Anglophone East Middle School Wrestling Championships, held at Riverview Middle School on April 23, and every wrestler had success. Not every Marshview wrestler came home with a gold medal but every wrestler was successful because they chose to compete. This was the first year for these athletes to compete in the sport of wrestling so the simple act of stepping onto a mat and taking part in the competition made each athlete successful, no matter the outcome.

All the athletes competed in wrestling for the first time this year and had interesting things to say about competing in the sport.

Riley Tower, a Grade 8 student, said, “It was a different experience because school sports usually are not contact.” He also referred to it as “fabulous.”

MacKenzie Beal, also a Grade 8 student, said his favourite move is when you attack the opponent by grabbing both his legs and driving him to the mat. He says being prepared is essential in wrestling because, “You never know what the opponent is going to do, so you have to be ready.”

Joe Carpenter wanted everyone to know that he enjoyed “kicking people’s butts.” Jory Parson echoed Joe’s comments and both boys mentioned the fun practices and great teammates as more reasons it was a great experience. 

Some fatherly advice played a role in Joe and Jory’s competition. Joe’s dad was a wrestler from years gone by and had some good advice, “Never give up, keep battling until the end.” Jory wanted to mention that his dad told him to “Own the match. Go in as hard as you can.”

Both boys did just what their father’s told them as they, and many of the Marshview wrestlers, became district champions.

Everyone on the team worked extremely hard and it was that total team dedication that allowed the boys to bring home the team banner as district champions. The boys won both of their divisions at the tournament but the overall team title seemed out of reach because there were no Marshview girls competing at the tournament; but their domination on the mat pushed them to the top of the overall team standings. The team will be showing their banner at Marshview’s recognition assembly on May 1

Organizations: Marshview Middle School, Riverview Middle School

Geographic location: Marshview

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