2007 Kids/Bantam National Championship

May 7, 2007 at 2:24 pm 4 comments

(Story by Randy Ralph, NLAWA President)

I would like to extend congratulations to wrestlers from Stephenville Middle School and Templeton Academy who had an excellent showing at the Kids/Bantam Nationals held in Richibucto, New Brunswick this past weekend. They came away with 8 medals, a third place team finish, a sportsmanship award, and some excellent memories. This fine result at the nationals is largely due to the dedication of coaches Derek Locke and Gerard Bennett who have both continued to develop high caliber wrestlers throughout their coaching career.

It is quite evident from Newfoundland and Labrador’s result at national tournaments in 2007 that wrestling is one of the most successful sports right now in the province. The timing is very good since the 2009 Canada Summer Games are just around the corner.

Once again, congratulations to Newfoundland and Labrador’s Kids/Bantam National Team.


West Coast Wrestlers Excel at National Wrestling Championship

12 West Coast wrestlers recently competed at the Bantam-Kids Wrestling Championships where they came away with 8 medals and a fairplay award. The tournament was held in Richibucto, New Brunswick and had over 400 competitors. 10 of the Newfoundland wrestlers came from Stephenville Middle School and 2 came from Templeton Academy in Medows.

In the Kids Division (Grades 5-6) Ian Byrne and Mckayla English won Silver Medals. In the Bantam Division (Grades 7-8) Stephenville wrestlers won 2 gold,1 silver and 1 bronze, as well as having two fifth place finishes and two sixth place finishes. Gold medals went to Crystal Miesseau and Garret Benoit. Monique Parsons captured a silver medal, while Tobias Caravan won the Bronze medal. Hannah Bennett and Karla Legge both placed 5th.while Kristian Parsons and Brandon Murphy both placed 6th.Templeton’s two wrestlers, Taylor Barnes and Jenna Brake both won silver medals. Brandon Murphy was awarded a fairplay Award by the Officials.

In provincial standings, Ontario won top Province in each age group as well as top Province overall. Newfoundland’s Bantam Girls had a strong finish, placing 3rd in their provincial standings.

In addition to competing well at this national event the west coast wrestlers were also involved in a number of cultural events designed to promote friendship amongst the wrestlers from different parts of the country.

Both coaches who attended the tournament (Gerard Bennett of Stephenville and Derek Locke of Templeton Academy) expressed pride over their wrestlers performances both on and off the mat. The 8 medals won is a clear indication of the resurgence of wrestling on the west coast of the province.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Shawn Leamon  |  May 13, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    Congratulations to all the wrestlers mentioned in Randy’s article
    Having the opportunity compete at this level is quite an achievement in itself. My hats off to Derek And Gerrard for their long term commitment to the sport.

    Where was the rest of the West coast teams and coaches?

    Oh Thats right they finished after the Atlantics…. too bad for those Athletes who would like to compete…. but cant!

  • 2. Tyler  |  June 8, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    Grats guys , I had a great 4 years with stephenville wrestling club , too bad I have too move or I would be wrestling with them until grade 12 !

  • 3. Noel Murphy  |  June 13, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Just checking out the NLAWA web site. Well done. I was hoping to find some historical information but couldn’t find any. I was around the MUN combat room back in seventies and had the pleasure of practicing with John Dwyer on a few occasions. He was a Canadian and Commonwealth champion. No mention of this great fighter on your site!



  • 4. Wrestling  |  July 29, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Just came across this site and its very nice to read all the info.


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