Resilience, Perseverance, Positivity - these are the foundations that The Harbour School Wrestling Club is all about. On Sunday, March 4, THS’s team returned to Singapore with 28 students to compete in the Singapore National Open and Trials. There was sweat, there was blood, there were tears, but most importantly there were smiles on the faces of everyone who competed and supported our team throughout the tournament.
After grinding through a long, hot day at the Delta Sports Complex, THS walked away as team champions - winning the Most Outstanding Youth Team Award, Most Outstanding Individual Youth Wrestler Award and amassing a whopping 21 medals, (including 4 golds and 10 silvers), making this the most successful year in our club's history.
"Well, I didn't win any matches. I just lost all the time but we were just there to have fun and I actually liked it!" - Marco Tejada, Grade 2
To get a better perspective on what this win means to the team, our longest standing team member, Thomas Chow, said, "When I got there I was a bit nervous, but now I’m happy that I got 2nd place and The Harbour School group won the award for the most gold medals."
As head coach, Mr. Julian Buck said, “I believe that this really sums up how everyone was feeling on the day. We didn't start with a bang, losing our first few matches very quickly. All the coaches and parents could see the nerves settling in, but it didn't take long for our wrestlers focus and tenacity to pull through. Sure enough, the victories started coming, and as confidence grew the students started to feed off each other's success. Camaraderie doesn't just happen - it takes effort, empathy and commitment for individuals to truly become integrated among others. THS Wrestling was built on this, a team mentality where together, each are more. This victory is not just a win, but is a testament to the hard work and dedication our wrestlers, coaches and supporters put in every week. Thank you all for making me the happiest coach on the planet, and I hope to see you all out on the mats soon!”
THS wrestlers brought home the team gold medal, winning first place overall. Coach Mandy Smith scored a silver medal in the women’s division. Thank you to Coaches Julian Buck, Matt Copp, Mandy Smith and Patrick Defazio.
Gold medalists: Josselyn Dawson, Lincoln Loennborn, Alex Paul (THS alum)
Silver medalists: Ezana Prosper, Jacob Kinsky, Pia Loennborn, Anderson Thombs, Hector Kyriakopoulos, Sam Daffner, Ricardo Ricci, Zane Hilliard, Thomas Chow
Bronze medalists: Maeve Schorzman, Cayley Dawson, Jon Salt, Sam Organ, Harrison Goldfarb, Eric Parker, Ian Ho, Pui Fong, Maxwell Francis