Eric Kim / Staff Reporter
On February 15 to 17, the provincials were hosted at the Langley Events Centre to choose the best of the competing wrestlers. Vanessa Fitzgerald, grade 12, achieved sixth place and Gabriella Cross, grade 11 achieved fifth place in their respective weight categories.
“The provincials happened over the family day weekend… Saturday was the weigh-ins, Sunday was the preliminaries, and Monday was the finals,” said Brian Hunter, EAL teacher and coach.
Team member Connor Rae, grade 9, couldn’t attend the provincial due to injury. Rae had received a concussion from the zone qualifying games and couldn’t recover in time to perform his best in the provincials.
“I wasn’t able to read or write after a few days… physical activity would make me too dizzy so I thought it be best to withdraw, ” said Rae.
Arian Khezri, grade 11, also couldn’t attend the provincials due to illness.
The provincial matches were divided into two days after the weigh-ins. The wrestlers had to win the majority of their games in the preliminaries to advance on to the finals.
“If a wrestler loses one or two games, as long as they win the rest they can go to the finals,” said Hunter.
In the weigh-ins on Saturday, Fitzgerald weighed in at 51 kg and Cross was weighed in at 57 kg.
“I went into the provincials not expecting to make it the finals because of how new I was in wrestling,” said Fitzgerald.
“I ended up winning three out of my four matches on the first day and finished in sixth.” Fitzgerald achieved all of her wins through a pin.