Fitness program shines like silver
Wrestling: Sam Watkins wins first medal
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 09:48 am
The face may have changed but the results remain the same.
Yet another member of the Wrestlin’ Watkins from Okotoks has picked up a wrestling medal.
Sam Watkins won the silver medal at 96kg for the Okotoks Wrestling Club in the high-school aged division at the Medicine Hat Hawks meet on Saturday.
“He had some good matches and did some things that we had been practicing all week,” said Okotoks wrestling coach and proud father Doug Watkins.
Sam, a Grade 10 student at Holy Trinity Academy, started wrestling this season in order to get into shape. That’s akin to a Sutter deciding to give hockey a whirl at the age of 15.
There have been seven Watkins who have competed at the Alberta Winter Games, including Spencer and Reid who went on to win national championships.
Sam’s wasn’t the lone Okotoks wrestler to find success in The Hat.
All eight wrestlers who ventured down south placed in the top five.
Cody Thompson found carrying a few extra kilos to his liking.
Thompson won the gold medal at 81kg, jumping up from 76kg.
“We are going to leave him there,” coach Watkins said. “The extra weight hasn’t slowed him down at all. He was having to cut weight last year to make 76 and he is right around 79. We will just keep him there.”
Christian Nori coasted his way to a gold medal at 53kg.
“He just dominated everybody,” Watkins said.
Jazz Singh picked up a silver medal at 68kg.
“He wrestled really well,” Watkins said. “He had one really bad match, but after that he did well.”
Singh lost a match early in the meet to a U of C Junior Dino.
He was able to battle back to earn a spot in the final — only to lose to the same Dino wrestler.
Erik Osberg also took home a silver medal at 57kg.
“He has done most of his wrestling in the U.S.,” Watkins said. “It’s a bit different down there and he’s starting to make the adjustment to the different rules.”
Cian Booth continued to impress in his rookie year. Booth finished fifth at 74kg.
In the junior high school division Sadie Watkins, who will compete at the Alberta Winter Games in February, won the gold medal at 47kg.
Meanwhile, the future looks bright for the Okotoks club.
In the elementary school division, Hyrum Osberg, won silver at the 28kg.
The Okotoks Wrestling Club won’t compete during the high school final exams. However, there will be workouts during the exam break.
For more information about the club, contact Doug Watkins at 403-899-8671.