Submitted by David Clyde Walters
Something exciting happened at the First Choice Savings Gym at the University of Lethbridge Friday, January 26. The U of L hosted their first ever dual wrestling meet and it opened a lot of eyes in southern Alberta. At 6 p.m. the audience enjoyed watching the Lethbridge tiny-tykes kids wrestling club tumble around on the mat in fun, safe, competition. Then at 7 p.m., Stirling High School Wrestling coach Drew Walters entertained the crowd for 10 minutes by giving out T-shirts to volunteers from the audience who were willing to come down, and help him and his High School wrestlers explain the rules and objectives of Freestyle wrestling. Coach Walters got the crowd pumped up and ready to rumble. Then the University dual meet started in earnest with the U of Calgary Dinos running in to music and sitting on one side of the mat while wrestlers from the U of L Pronghorns and the U of Saskatchewan Huskies ran in and sat on the other side. And for the next hour the crowd went wild cheering for their local university men and women wrestlers. The results of the individual matches result in team points for their respective squads. The Lethbridge Pronghorns got off to a good start winning several matches which only fueled the enthusiasm of the crowd, but as the evening wore on, Calgary erased the deficit and ended the meet with Dinos men out scoring the Pronghorns 35-12. The Women’s team score was close with the female Dino’s edging the Pronghorns 18-17.