Panthers pockets medals in Langley

Vernon Panthers pocketed wrestling medals at the War on the Floor tournament at the Langley Events Centre.

The Vernon Panthers wrestling team pocketed four medals at the War on the Floor tournament recently at the Langley Events Centre.

The three-day tournament drew competitors from B.C., Alberta, and the U.S.

“It gives the boys a good indication of their competition as they journey to the B.C.’s in February,” said Panthers’ coach Rob Eggert.

In the Junior division (Grades 6-8), Sam and Joe Eggert pocketed silver medals in the 41- and 36-kilogram events respectively.

“Both wrestlers had some fierce competition from the Abbotsford and Vancouver clubs,” said Rob. “Sam impressed the team by upsetting the previous tourney champ in his initial bout.”

In Elite Open (Grades 8-12) action, the Cats’ Valen Wyse upset the defending provincial champion to claim gold in the 51-kg, and Sam Eggert took bronze in the 41-kg class.

“Valen is only 13 but his experience and technique reassured us that he could face any senior competitor,” said Rob.

The team is eagerly waiting for the wrestling room to open in the new VSS building so they can train for Westerns, Jan. 11-12, in Kamloops.