‘All or nothing’

Members of the Prince Albert Wrestling Club practise at Riverside Community School on Tuesday night. Eleven members will compete at provincials and eight are heading to nationals. (Josef Jacobson/Daily Herald)

P.A. Wrestling Club to face the best wrestlers in the province and across Canada

The Prince Albert Wrestling Club is preparing for its final tournaments of the season: provincials in Saskatoon and nationals in Windsor, Ont.

“All season they’ve been good. They’ve surprised me quite a few times, which I was really, really happy with. They’ve been givin’ ‘er hell every practice they come to and making me proud,” P.A. Wrestling Club coach Cody Souter said of his wrestlers as they took a breather during practice at Riverside Community School on Tuesday night.

“I think my guys are going to do good. I’ve got pretty high hopes for them all… We’ve got two high school provincial champions, a silver and they’ve been winning tournament after tournament after tournament.”

Souter said eight of the club’s “elite” wrestlers will attend the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association Championships in Windsor from April 7 to 9. He said “the best of the best of the best” Canadian wrestlers will be there.

“The coaches choose who they feel is best ready for nationals but it’s not always just about how they do, whether they win or lose. It’s just more to give them that experience,” club manager Roxanne Richards said.

“We worked really hard to fundraise and we worked hard to plan the trip so it’s more of an experience of going for those five days and seeing the best the country has because even some of the young ones who get to go, they’ll see what its like and then they’ll have an idea what it will be like for next year.”

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