Wrestler welcomes long-awaited opportunity

Todd Pruner
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St. Mary's Amy Dunn bound for provincials after twice sitting out event due to injuries

Amy Dunn is hoping to make her one shot at provincials a memorable one.

Wrestler welcomes long-awaited opportunity

Amy Dunn is hoping to make her one shot at provincials a memorable one.

The Grade 12 wrestler for the St. Mary Marauders missed provincials in Grade 10 after suffering a concussion. In Grade 11, she couldn't wrestle because of jaw surgery.

"It's going to be awesome," Dunn said of finally getting to participate in the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association provincial wrestling championships.

"I'd like to place for a medal, or fourth at least. I know gold is the absolute goal, but I don't know if I can do that or not."

Coach Curt Hundeby said if Dunn stays focused she'll do well.

"If she wrestles smart and aggressively, I think she could do very well," he said.

"If she becomes passive and a little bit more cautious, I think that's where she gets into problems, because I think any wrestler who wrestles too passively ends up giving up too many points."

At provincials this weekend in Saskatoon, Dunn hopes to continue the momentum she picked up at regionals in Swift Current.

Dunn had only one opponent in her 77-kilogram weight class at the provincial tournament: Jenna Redd from Creighton.

The Marauder veteran took care of Redd in just 20 seconds with a bit of an unorthodox move.

"I had my chin on one of her shoulders and I was pushing down on her other shoulder with my hand," she said.

"I got myself in the position and it just worked. I'd wrestled her before at the Carlton tournament ... and I won against her then so I kind of knew what she did."

In Saskatoon at the double-elimination provincial tournament, Dunn will have to compete against Redd again, in addition to the top four wrestlers from each of Saskatoon and Regina, assuming they have that many girls in the division.

Dunn has already wrestled most of the girls likely to compete and has done fairly well. In tournaments at Saskatoon Bedford Road and Regina Miller, Dunn placed fourth and second respectively against fields including wrestlers from the two biggest cities.

Hundeby said it often comes down to who has a better offensive strategy rather than worrying about your opponent too much.

"We do certain game plans for wrestlers that we know, so we can manipulate and dictate the tempo, but for the most part, as long as our wrestlers have a definite plan of attack and are prepared to defend, we just let it roll from there," he said.

tpruner@paherald.sk.ca

Organizations: Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Swift Current

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