The Harbour School (THS) wrestling team took 28 wrestlers to compete in the annual Singapore National Trials 2019 held in sunny Singapore where 19 wrestlers from the school won matches, garnering 10 bronze, six silver, and three gold medals. In addition, two wrestlers won Wrestler of the Tournament titles in their weight categories.
Each year, THS brings its students to compete in the kid's open section where they compete against wrestlers from many Singapore wrestling clubs and from around southeast Asia.
Christian Lee won Wrestler of the Tournament with four wins from four in the Cadet under 69kg category also took the gold medal. Ezana Prosper won Wrestler of the Tournament in the Kids category. There were many highlights to the team’s performance including 18-year-old senior Riccardo Ricci who competed in the Men's Open under 57kg category, forcing the Singapore national champion Firdhaus Ng to go the distance in what was his final match for THS Wrestling Club.
“My time wrestling for THS has come to an end, but I am proud that I finished strong in my last match against adults,” said Ricci.
In the Kids section, Lincoln Loennborn, who pushed up in weight to the Under 10, 55-60kg category won a gold medal. In his first ever wrestling tournament, Nathan Kim in the under 13, 57-62 kg category also won gold. Honorable mentions go to Thomas Chow, Ian Li, Ian Brookhart, Lucas Lazarus, Pia Loennborn and Nalah Shah, for their excellent, wholehearted displays and taking silver in their extremely competitive weight categories.
“The coaches are extremely proud of the resilience and determination showed by all of our wrestlers, not only during the competition itself but also in the training sessions leading up to it. The hard work put in beforehand led to success on the mat, and so many wrestlers left with huge smiles on their faces whether they won or lost their matches. Getting to be a part of a competition like this is an experience which will stay in the hearts and minds of our wrestlers for years to come,” said Julian Buck, THS Wrestling coach and physical education coordinator.
A school which embraces an inclusive ethos, The Harbour School’s 8-year-old wrestling team has found greater success with every year of participation at the Singapore National Trials. Last year, the team brought home the team gold medal winning first place overall. Even as the school celebrates the multiple wins, it is the spirit, determination and resilience shown by its students during the competition which it is most proud of.
Marco Tejada summed up the spirit of the school best while comforting a fellow wrestler who lost his match, “You know last year I didn’t win any of my matches, and I didn’t win any this year either - But I tried hard and had fun. That is what matters.”
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Singapore Wrestling Federation, go to http://singaporewrestling.com/
For official results of the tournament, go to https://smoothcomp.com/en/event/1508/results