Local wrestlers earn spot at Nationals at Kamloops tournament

The Fort St. John wrestlers showed they had the skills to compete with the best, as five of the athletes placed in the top six of their respective divisions, and some of which earned a spot to compete at the national level.

Roylene Oliarny executed her shut down defence to perfection, keeping her opponents off the score sheet en route to a silver medal, a performance that earned her a spot to compete for a national medal for the third consecutive time.

Devon Shelkie showed some great tenacity, losing only a single match to the eventual champion, and earning a bronze medal in Kamloops. As a result, Shelkie will compete at Nationals for the second straight year, earning the spot as the youngest of his age group.

Explosive wrestling rookie Thomas Pope was faced with an even tougher weekend, having to move up an age group in the competition, and eventually placing fourth, losing only to the eventual champion and bronze medalist.

Leslie Erker had her best outing of her wrestling career in Kamloops, wrestling her way to an eventual sixth place.

Finally, Connor White faced the most challenging weight class in the competition, and to make matters even more challenging, had to wrestle his final three matches in the final thirty minutes of the tournament. White, the youngest competitor in his division, used his relentless style to push the pace, earning himself a sixth place finish.

Following the tournament, FSJ Wrestling Club coach Paul Kalas said he was extremely impressed with the outcome of his team. He adds that the results were some of the best from his team in a long time.

Nationals will begin April 3, 2013, this year being held in Saskatoon.

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