Nfld. & Labrador

More medals at Indigenous Games, as Labrador wrestlers bring home bronze

All the wrestlers who won medals are from Sheshatshiu.

Runner Jeremy Holwell picks up his second medal of the games

Josh Dyke of Sheshatshiu (on top) won this opening match against Gavin White-eye of Team Ontario. (Ron Desmoulins/CBC)

Labrador athletes had another good day at the North American Indigenous Games on Wednesday, with three wrestlers hitting the podium.

Marcus Organ, 15, Aaron Pater, 17, and Josh Dyke, all earned bronze in their weight classes — 63 kilograms, 58 kilograms and 115 kilograms, respectively — on Wednesday at the games in Toronto.

 'One of the bronzes could have been a silver but [for] a little brain fart.'- Coach Dustin Silvey

The team's fourth member, Ben Gregoire, just missed the podium with a fourth-place finish in his weight class.

All the wrestlers on the Labrador team are from Sheshatshiu.

Three wrestlers from Labrador picked up bronze wrestling medals at the North American Indigenous Games on Wednesday. From left, Marcus Organ, coach Dustin Silvey, Aaron Pater and Josh Dyke. (Submitted photograph)

Also on Wednesday, Jeremy Holwell, 15, picked up his second medal of the games, a bronze in the under-16 1,200-metre sprint, adding to his bronze in the three-kilometre race Tuesday to earn Newfoundland and Labrador's first medal of the games.

"It was a good showing by all four of them," said coach Dustin Silvey.

"Little mistakes we need to clean up on, but overall it was fantastic. One of the bronzes could have been a silver but [for] a little brain fart, but other than that it was fantastic."

'The sport I love'

Pater said he started wrestling after a friend brought him to a practice.

"I just kept on showing up," he said.

Dyke said he started wrestling after he just "fell in love" with the sport.

"It's just the sport I love," he said. "There's a lot of teams and travelling, meeting new friends."

Clockwise from top left, Aaron Pater, Josh Dyke and Marcus Organ receive their medals at the North American Indigenous Games in Toronto on Wednesday. (Submitted)

Dyke won't get much of a break after his medal-winning performance; he and Pater will be off to Winnipeg for the Canada Games, which start at the end of the month.

"I'll probably do a lot of cardio and a lot of strength training," said Dyke.

In the meantime, the team is looking forward to visits to Canada's Wonderland and Niagara Falls.

The Indigenous Games are being held in Toronto July 16-23.