Several wrestlers from the west central Saskatchewan area competed at the 2019 SHSAA Provincial Wrestling Tournament over the weekend. A few of those competitors even finished with medals around their necks.
Rosetown Central High School earned two gold medals from sisters Frankie and Allie Gawryluik at the event held at Campbell Collegiate in Regina. Frankie, a grade 12 student at RCHS, had an unbeaten record throughout the tournament, claiming provincial gold in the 68 kilogram weight class. Meanwhile Allie, grade 9, captured gold in the female 73 kilogram category in her first provincials appearance.
Their success on the mat translated to a 2A Girls Team Award for the Royals after compiling the most points in the category of schools with under 125 females from grades 10 to 12. Overall, RCHS placed fifth overall for all female wrestling teams at the event, only behind Regina's Archbishop M.C. O'Neill High School and Balfour Collegiate, and Saskatoon's Centennial Collegiate and Holy Cross High School.
This marks the last time Frankie will participate in high school provincials since she will be graduating from school this June. Remarkably, this was only the second time Frankie had taken part in provincials due to injuries she has sustained throughout her young career.
It has been an uphill battle for the senior wrestler, but she was thankful to have the chance at competing this time around and finishing with a gold medal. Here, she dives in to some of the obstacles she has had to overcome these last few years.
While this was Frankie's last go at high school provincials, her sister Allie made her debut in the competition with a first place finish. During her matches, she was able to pin all her opponents on her way to a memorable first experience at the tournament.
She tells us her thoughts on the event.
During the season, the sisters train at the Elrose Wrestling Club with their coach Russell Fersch. Over the next couple weeks, the girls will be continuing to put in their time on the mat with a couple important tournaments coming up soon.
Even though the high school wrestling season has concluded, this weekend they'll be at wrestling club provincials held in Saskatoon, followed by club nationals from April 5-7 in Fredricton, New Brunswick. Here, Frankie tells us how her and Allie will be training for their upcoming schedule.
Also competing at the high school tournament over the weekend from the Rosetown and Elrose area was Borna Ivancev (RCHS) and Katie Wilson (ECS). Both did not end up placing at the event.
Seven wrestlers from McLurg High School in Wilkie featured at the competition as well. Scott Huber won bronze in the 53 kilogram male division. Kabri Sittler earned a bronze medal from the 73 kilogram female category.