For their first season back on the wrestling scene, the MHS Royals Wrestling team has had great success. On March 2nd, our team traveled to Weyburn to compete in the SHSAA Regional Championship. As a team, our male wrestlers finished fourth overall and our female wrestlers finished tied for second overall. Six of our ten wrestlers at this event qualified for provincials. Finishing in fourth were: Arwen Claypool, Quinton Pike, Toryn Swystun-Bernes, and Brooke Zaleschuk. Finishing in second were: Ashton Kwitkoski-Mihalich and Tatyana Laviolette.
The following weekend those six were in Regina for the SHSAA Provincial Championship. It was a great learning experience for a group of rookies, and all of the wrestlers put in their best performances of the year. As a team, our male wrestlers finished sixth overall in the 3A category and the female wrestlers finished third overall. Ashton Kwitkoski-Mihalich finished in the top eight. Brooke Zaleschuk finished top six, with two of her losses coming to the gold and bronze winners. In a tough three-way competition, Tatyana Laviolette won a well fought match against the eventual gold medalist to earn a bronze medal of her own. The highlight of the weekend was Toryn Swystun-Bernes winning 5 of 7 matches in the 82 kg male category to take home the bronze medal in a surprising showing for a grade nine athlete.
With all of the Royals wrestling team eligible to be back next year, Coach Loeffler and Coach Salzl are excited to have a strong team that’s ready to build on the incredible success of year one!