Three Kelowna wrestlers advance to provincials after valley championships
Two members of the Okanagan Zone wrestling team earned gold and another won bronze at the Zone Wrestling Championships at Salmon Arm Secondary on Saturday and all three booked their trips to provincials with excellent results.
Beau Jackson, a Grade 10 student at Mount Boucherie secondary school, had a dominating performance en route to the gold. After winning a close match to open the championships, Jackson pinned his next two opponents to place first.
In the championship match against Penticton's Leo Kruger Jackson won the first period 8-2 before pinning Kruger in round two and claiming the gold medal. In the semi-final he easily got past Quinton Free of Kamloops, winning the first round 6-0 before pinning the Kamloops wrestler in the second round.
Emily Castro, a Grade 10 student from Okanagan Mission secondary school also came home with a gold medal in impressive fashion, winning by pin in both of her matches.
Castro won her first match by a pin in the first period against Tess Gagnon of Valleyview in Kamloops. Her last match was against Catlin Ortez also from Valleyview and Castro was winning 7-1 in the first period before pinning her opponent and winning the championship.
Sydney Delwo from KSS came home with a bronze medal in the 60 kg girl's division.
All three wresterls have qualified for the B.C. School Sports Wrestling Association Championships to be held in Duncan BC on February 28 to March 2.