Skip to content

Big turnout at wrestling championship

With 400 registered wrestlers from 11 schools competing in about 900 bouts, the Elementary Yukon Wrestling Championship had its biggest ever turnout at the Canada Games Centre on Wednesday.

With 400 registered wrestlers from 11 schools competing in about 900 bouts, the Yukon Elementary Wrestling Championship had its biggest ever turnout at the Canada Games Centre on Wednesday.

“I think we’ll continue at that level for the next number of years,” said organizer Ted Hupe. “We have enough programming in each school – 400 will be the norm for the next few years.”

Growing by leaps and bounds, the tournament has exploded in size over the last five years, with numbers growing by 50 to 70 participants each year.

“At the elementary level, kids don’t get to exercise their physical realm – we focus on academics, which we’re supposed to do,” said Hupe. “Wrestling brings out their physical realm. That’s a missing element in a lot of our schools.

“We allow kids to develop in the physical realm, and this is one way to do it – 40-pound kids to 200-pound kids can wrestle.”

For the fourth year in a row, Holy Family Elementary School won the Total Points team event, with 84 wrestlers accumulating 108 points, followed by Christ the King Elementary and Elijah Smith Elementary School in third.

“I’ve had the biggest team for the past four years,” said Hupe, a coach for Holy Family. “We had 80-something kids on our team this year.

“I really promote wrestling in my school because it really inspires inclusion. I see the bigger kids helping little kids and my little kids really feel like they’re on a team.

“Some schools don’t start their practices until mid-February and we’ve been doing it since Christmas because I can’t keep the kids from it. They ask in the first week in September, ‘So, Mr. Hupe, when does wrestling start?’”

In the other team category, Best Performing Team, Golden Horn Elementary had the strongest results with 28 wrestlers accumulating 38 points, followed by Hidden Valley Elementary and Ross River School, with just 14 wrestlers winning 18 points.

“Ross River is here and we treasure their involvement,” said Hupe. “Carcross was supposed to be here, but their bison hunt interfered. Old Crow and Dawson now have wrestling mats, so they’re planning to bring a team next year.”

Girls gold medal winners

20-22kg Amy Vanderkley (HFES)

23-24kg Paige Belruagaua (WES)

24-26kg Nila Stinson (EET)

26-27kg Haley Trennary (ESES)

27-28kg Erica Couch (HFES)

28-29kg Eva Locke (ESES)

29-30kg Madison Dorion (EET)

30-32kg Alyssa Bunce (CKES)

32kgMary Mcbride (GHES)

32-33kgKelly Mahoney (HFES)

33kgMia Kremer (HFES)

34-35kgAlice Frost-Hanberg (Tak)

35-36Sierra Link (CKES)

36-37kgEmily Mervyn (HVES)

37-38kgNantsana Murphy (HFES)

38-39kgHannah Milner (JHES)

39-41kgHannah Shier (GHES)

43-44kgKelsey Langer (CKES)

41-42kgZoey Krause (HFES)

42-43kgAmy Roberts (HFES)

45-46kgDanica Avery (CKES)

46-47kgYuranty Pourier (CKES)

47-50kgJamie Duke (HFES)

50-52kgJessica Collins (HFES)

54-55kgTeah Dickson (HVES)

56-59kgQuynh Nguyen (ESES)

59-62kgCourtney Chapman (RRS)

72-78kgDelaney Paul (ESES)

Boys gold medal winners

19-21kgKeegan Bevilacqua (WES)

22-24kgAustin Wipp (HFES)

24-26kgJarod Mcculloch (WES)

26-27kgJoseph Coyne (WES)

27kgBen Shier(GHES)

27-28kgAntoine Dion-Lafortune (EET)

28-29kgGrayson Turner (HFES)

29a KgEthan Vanderkley (HFES)

29b KgLiam Kearns (Tak)

30 KgAidan Stoker (CKES)

30-31kgAlex Coyne (HFES)

31kgGabriel Nadon (EET)

31-32kgJonah Daniels-Greer (HFES)

32kgJack Ladue (RRS)

32-33kgJonas Leas (CKES)

33kgMarek Boulerice (EET)

34a KgBryce Anderson (HVES)

34b KgDylan Cozens (WES)

35kgMatthias Clyde (WES)

35-36kgTrygg Jensen (HVES)

36kgChristopher Holmes (EET)

36-37kgJarret Peterson (JHES)

37-38kgDavid Ford (HFES)

38-39kgSkyler Bryant (ESES)

39a KgTrenton Hope (ESES)

39b KgBen Jenzen (HFES)

40-41kgLochlann Fraser (ESES)

41-42kgRiver Tourangeau (GHES)

42-43kgBrody Devlin (HFES)

43-44kgKailem Letto (EET)

44kgBeau Strain-Devilliers (Tak)

45kgWill Sternbergh (HVES)

46-47kgJarrett Bernier (ESES)

47-49kgAngus Newell (HFES)

49-52kgRiley Pettitt (HFES)

52-55kgTim Schirmer (GHES)

55-57kgLiam Dinn (HVES)

57-60kgTynan Hope (ESES)

61-64kgRoan Evans-Ehricht (WES)

67-70kgCameron O’shea (Tak)

72-84kgChris Fairclough (JHES)

Contact Tom Patrick at