Stone helps one boy demonstrate a new move to the entire group of wrestlers, which ranged in age up to 14-years-old.

Local club hosts tournament and pro wrestling camp

Crank Wrestling Club hosted a tournament and camp on Jan. 20 at DTHS

Young wrestlers from across Central and South Alberta converged on David Thompson High School for the Crank Cup over the weekend.

The competition had wrestlers from clubs in Calgary, Cochrane and Rocky Mountain House to name a few.

According to Coach Adam Laporte, from Crank Wrestling Club, the tournament has really grown over the past seven or so years.

“We started the tournament in Eckville and we had very few people, both competing and watching,” Laporte explained.

Since the days in the gym in Eckville, the tournament was also housed at the school in Condor before finding it’s current home at David Thompson High School.

With each move the tournament has grown. Now the tournament attracts participants from as far away as Calgary.

“When we first came [to David Thompson High School] the gym was practically empty [of spectators]. Now I think we average around 70 spectators during the tournament, which is great.”

The tournament on Jan. 20 was for wrestlers just beginning their training. Most of the wrestlers were in their first or second year of wrestling, and were between the ages of five and 14.

The set-up for the tournament is also a little different from other similar tournaments.

Each club will have all their matches in one block, that way they are done and can leave early, rather than waiting the entire day for just one match at the end.

“It works better this way. It’s a lot for kids, especially the really young ones, to wait around all day for one match,” said Laporte.

After the tournament, which went from 10 a.m to roughly 1:30 p.m., Laporte arranged for a professional wrestling camp by Dylon Stone with Canadian Wrestling Coalition.

Stone taught the kids safe techniques seen by wrestlers on television.

“It’s one of the first things we are asked, ‘When can I hit someone with a chair?’” Laporte said. “So I figured we better get the professionals in here.”

The type of wrestling taught by Stone is pretty different from what is taught at Crank Wrestling Club, but Laporte said the kids seemed to have a lot of fun learning tricks, pins and flips.

“[Professional wrestling] is more theatrical, it’s telling a story,” said Laporte.

In the Schoolboy/girl and Junior Cadet divisions the top two medalists in their weight class are listed below.

Like us on Facebook


Just Posted

WATCH: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

Athletes’ medals unveiled at the official kick-off of 2019 Canada Winter Games

Medals depict Central Alberta landscape and pay tribute to First Nations

Sylvan Lake looks to add an adopt-a-road program

A policy for the newly proposed program will come forward to council at a later date

WATCH: Canada Winter Games are finally here

Final leg of torch relay kicked off at Fort Normandeau

Sylvan Lake adds 25 new events to the 2019 line up

Sean Durkin announced 25 new events, in addition to community favourites, are planned for 2019

Fashion Fridays: Up your beauty game

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

‘Mitts don’t just warm hands. They warm hearts’: Mitts for Many Program launches

Donate new or lightly used mittens to bin in the Great Hall of the Gary W. Harris Centre

LOCATED: Innisfail RCMP looking for missing woman

Amanda Kucher was last seen at the Innisfail 7-Eleven on Feb. 15

Red Deer RCMP arrest man after vehicle theft from dealership

Police were able to disable the SUV with assistance from the built-in vehicle assistance system

Red Deer College transforms into Athletes’ Village

Red Deer College’s campus will be home for the athletes during the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Alberta minor hockey team, slammed for Indigenous dance video, forfeits season

Parents say season was too dangerous to finish because the team has been threatened

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Alix resident captures beams of light near Lacombe

Lacombe, Blackfalds, Red Deer photos have since gone viral around the world

Most Read