Alberni Wrestlers Make Canada Games Team

Post date: Jun 3, 2013 9:37:09 PM

Two local wrestlers travelled to Vancouver this past weekend to compete for a berth on Team BC and be eligible to wrestle in the Canada Games in Quebec this August. Nolan Badovinac (grade 10, 76kg’s) made the team and Jonathon Spencer (grade 12, 69kg’s) was named as an alternate to the team.

Nolan Badovinac after winning the Cadet National Championships a couple of months ago found himself competing against wrestlers that were a year or two older. In the Finals he was up against a grade 12 wrestler, Suhkman Sidhu from Abby Traditional School. After winning the First match in a best of three series, Badovinac had to come from behind to win the second match and claim the birth on the BC team.

Jonathon Spencer made it to the finals after beating Eric Bauer from St Thomas Moore. In the final, Spencer was in tough and lost to Justin Gill from Rick Hansen Secondary in a best of 3 winner take all. Spencer then was named as the Alternate to the BC team in case Gill is not able to compete.

Head coach John McDonald was pleased with the success of both wrestlers. “Nolan had an opportunity to compete for Canada this summer at the World Fila Cadet Championships in Serbia. However, after making Team BC he will likely turn down this opportunity as the Canada Games only comes around every 4 years. The developmental opportunities that are connected with the Games will pay off for Nolan farther down the road if he plans to stay in the sport beyond high school. Where Nolan is at now in his development this will not be the only time he will likely get to represent his country on the international stage for wrestling. Therefore, choosing to compete for Team BC this summer is the better decision long term.”

“For Jonathon it was a positive way to end off a great grade 12 season. Coming second at the Nationals Championships this year was awesome. Being named an alternate to the BC team this weekend compliments the success he has already had.”

Nolan Badovinac now has a busy training schedule prior to the games. He will likely travel to Vancouver on weekends and train with the Provincial Team. There will be three training camps in the USA with team BC starting in June and going through July. There will be a staging camp in Vancouver in late July at SFU prior to leaving for the Games in early august in Quebec.