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High school wrestlers medal at provincials

Trio of Moose Jaw competitors post top-three finishes at SHSAA championships

An early loss only set the stage for an epic run for Peacock’s Ethan La Rose at the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association provincial wrestling championships in Regina on Saturday, as he went on to claim silver in the male 73 kilogram division.

After losing by fall to Saskatoon Holy Cross’ Franco Paul in his second round match, La Rose proceed to win three straight bouts: defeating Saskatoon Evan Hardy’s Sebastian Bundrock by technical fall 10-0, Rosetown’s Borna Ivancec by forfeit and Saskatoon Marion Graham’s Logan Hrapchak by fall at the 4:02 mark of the ‘B’ side final.

That sent La Rose into the medal round, where he picked up a measure of revenge by defeating Paul by pinfall at the 4:57 mark. He was unable to solve Swift Current’s Sebastien Marchand in the gold medal final, though, losing 10-0 but claiming the silver medal.

After losing his first round match, Peacock’s Kyle Yamniuk also went on a tear through the ‘B’ side, eventually coming all the way back to claim bronze in the male 62kg class. Along the way, Yamniuk picked up a 10-0 technical fall wins over Regina Miller’s Owen Wahl and Saskatoon Marion Graham’s Griffin Stewart before defeating Regina Campbell’s Aidan Carey by decision 9-0 in his consolation final.

In the medal round, an 11-0 loss to eventual gold medalist Andre Smith of Regina Martin was a minor setback before a 12-2 win over Swift Current’s Jordan Lamontange saw Yamniuk win bronze.

Peacock’s Miheret Cridland won bronze in the female 53kg division and actually didn’t even have to take to the mat for her medal match after Saskatoon Holy Cross’ Abigail Dutchak suffered an injury and was unable to compete for third place.

That did little to dampen Cridland’s run to the medal, though, as after losing to Dutchak in her qualifier final, Cridland defeated Saskatoon Walter Murray’s Abigail Jones by technical fall 13-2 to win the ‘B’ side and advance to the championship round. There, she lost by fall to Regina Balfour’s Jayda Baker to reach the bronze medal match.

Central’s Alexis Bradish reached the female 64kg consolation final but lost to Regina O’Neill’s Erica Houde by fall.

Defending provincial bronze medalist Myra Szabo of Peacock was unable to return to the medal round in the female 80kg division despite picking up a pair of wins, with a loss in the consolation semifinal bringing her tourney to an end.

Peacock’s Dylan Yamniuk (1-1, male 69kg) and Brayden Johnson (1-2, male 90kg) each picked up wins but missed the medal round, while Central’s Ulrik Tondevold (0-2, male 50kg), Peacock’s Liam Vargo (0-2, male 59kg) and Peacock’s Kayde Shymko (0-2 male 82kg) also competed at the event.