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The St. Mary Wrestling Club practises in advance of this weekend’s Moose Jaw High School Wrestling Tournament. (Josef Jacobson/Daily Herald)

St. Mary wrestlers off to final competition before SHSAA regionals

The St. Mary High School Wrestling Club has one last competition to attend before preparing for the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association regional tournament in Moose Jaw.

The club is sending 31 members from Grades 9 to 12 to Moose Jaw’s Albert E. Peacock Collegiate for the 2017 Moose Jaw High School Wrestling Tournament. The competition is open to all Saskatchewan high schools outside of Regina and Saskatoon.

St. Mary Wrestling Club coach and manager Roxanne Richards said the tournament is “practice” for regionals, as her athletes will have the opportunity to compete at a higher level against athletes they will face when they return to Moose Jaw for regionals on March 11. Beginner wrestlers compete in the novice division, while older, more experienced wrestlers compete in the elite class.

“The coaches and the captains are encouraging all the kids to try to go elite if they’ve been only wrestling novice to just push them a little bit because when they wrestle (at) regionals it’s everybody together, there’s no division between novice and elite,” Richards said.

“So the wrestlers that have only been wrestling novice, there’s going to be a big jump by the time they get to regionals.”

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