Bellerose Bulldog wins provincial wrestling championship

Bulldog Jamie Clark featured in the Thursday, March 14, 2024 edition of the St. Albert Gazette

A Bellerose Bulldog is headed to Ottawa this weekend to try out for Team Canada after going undefeated at the provincial wrestling championships.

Bellerose Composite Grade 12 student Jamie Clark won gold in the 76 kg division after going undefeated at the 2024 ASAA Wrestling Provincial Championships held last March 9-10 at Edmonton’s McNally High School.

It’s the second year in a row that he has won the provincial championship. Clark said he was pretty happy with this result, as it showed that his win last year was not a fluke. “I proved to myself and those around me that I do deserve to be here.”

Clark started wrestling with the Edmonton Wrestling Club three years ago but didn’t get serious about it until he was in Grade 11, said Michael Asselstine, a coach with the Edmonton Wrestling Club and the University of Alberta’s Golden Bears wrestling team. (The Edmonton club is run out of the U of A, and its members sometime train with the Bears.)

Asselstine said Clark had an athletic ability and body awareness you don’t often see in youths his age, and was able to grapple with club veterans as soon as he started. “He has some of that drive you can’t necessarily teach kids. He wants to be here, he wants to get better, and is always striving for that next level.

Full article is available on page 58 of the March 14, 2024 edition of the St. Albert Gazette

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