TRURO, NS — Members of a wrestling club based in Whitbourne were a real hit on the mat at an Atlantic Canadian competition in Truro, Nova Scotia.
In the team male competition at the Atlantic Canada Open, Trinity Bay Wrestling placed second overall. Leading the way were three wrestlers who earned first place honours for the team — Jordan Pitcher (cadet 69 kilograms), Owen Warren (cadet 103 kg) and Steve Noseworthy (senior 104 kg). Tyler Pitcher (bantam 46 kg) and Owen Harvey (cadet 58 kg) both finished second overall in their respective weight categories, and Anthony Johnson (cadet 58 kg), Nick Gilbert (juvenile 84 kg) Logan Drover (bantam 115 kg) were third in theirs.
Coach Peter Petipas considered Jordan Pitcher’s performance at the event, held Feb. 17, particularly dominant. He was competing in the 69-kg weight class for the first time after putting on some more muscle and only allowed two points scored against him for the entire tournament.
“Jordan completely destroyed everyone over the weekend,” the coach said.
On the female side, Melissa Cobb (second, cadet 89 kg) and Kate Morgan (third, 79 kg) both earned medals.
“The girl’s competition was a shark tank,” Petipas said. “One girl had three people in the top-six in Canada in her weight, and it was her first tournament, so I couldn’t apologize enough to her parents when we got off the plane.”
Trinity Bay Wrestling membership tends to overlap with the Crescent Collegiate team, which is coached by Todd Philpott. The school team is scheduled to compete this weekend at School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador provincials at St. James Regional High in Port aux Basques.
Some wrestlers are also expected to compete at the upcoming Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Deer Lake. There is also talk of taking wrestlers to nationals later this year, though Petipas cautioned that’s still up in the air due to the cost of the trip.
Other Top-Six Results
Cadet 63 kg: 6th place Brandon Mercer
Bantam 47 kg: 4th place Teri Smith
Bantam 51 kg: 4th place Rudi Smith
Juvenile 55 kg: 4th place Emily Temple
Junior 60 kg: 4th place Kiara King