Armada Boys and Girls Wrestling Teams Champions in Campbell River

Post date: Jan 27, 2014 4:16:04 AM

Wrestling teams from ADSS, Neill and Dunn travelled to Campbell River to compete in the Campbell River Invitational. Both the ADSS Girls and Boys won the team title in the Senior Division and both EJ Dunn and Neill had top 3 team finishes.

The ADSS boys were led by the gold medal performances of Jordan Wagner (60kg), Dean Leyland (74kg), and Christian Anderson (90kg). All three boys are among the most dedicated ADSS wrestlers and they certainly earned the right to go undefeated in the tournament. David Wilson (63kg) and Johannes Kulich (70kg) finished with silver medals. Trevor Barker rounded out the placings with a Top 4 finish at 45 kilograms.

The ADSS girls were once again led by the gold medal performances of Remi Wells (57kg) and Michel Kurucz (60kg). Lauren Barker (57kg) and Isabella Jones (60kg) finished with bronze medals. ADSS rookie and wrestling newcomer Emma McGowan placed fourth in the Women’s 64kg division.

“This is typically an all island tournament. A number of lower mainland teams came to the tournament this year which made it a little more competitive. That worked out well for our team, we didn’t have to take a ferry and we had a fairly high level tournament,” commented ADSS Head Coach John McDonald. “Overall our team performed well, we are small in numbers but we are fortunate to have a very consistent core group of athletes. There are some things we can work on but if we can get everyone healthy I think we will be ready to make a push at provincials.

Armada standout Nolan Badovinac has been out of competition for a number of weeks due to a knee injury he sustained training over Christmas. Jesse Wagner withdrew from this weekend’s tournament after aggravating his shoulder. “They are working on a rehabilitation program, and keeping their strength and conditioning up. We are confident they will be ready to go for Provincials,” stated McDonald.

Neill Middle School placed third in the Junior Boys Division. Brothers Owen (41kg) and Daniel (60kg) Spencer both were awarded the silver medals in their weight divisions. Seth Price (35kg) and Scott Coulthart (63kg) finished with bronze medals. Shane Leeper (5th at 48kg) and Gerrod Graham (6th at 35kg) rounded out the placings for Neill boys. Teela Johnson (4th at 51kg) was the lone placer for the Neill Girls.

The EJ Dunn Girls team finished third in the Junior Girls Division. Anna Frost went undefeated at 33 kg. Ally Flaro finished second behind a very tough opponent from Phoenix. Mackenzie Boudreau (4th at 43kg), Kylea Anderson (4th at 64kg), and Miranda Barker (5th at 54kg) rounded out the placings for the Dunn girls.

The Dunn Boys finished fifth overall. Isaac McDonald (41kg) and Jayce Clayton (70kg) were both crowned as champions in their divisions. Jarod Gagnon (70kg) finished with the bronze medal and Darien Van Ingen (5th at 38kg) and Philip Broadbent (6th at 48kg) rounded out the top 6.

Dunn coaches elected to move Grade 8 wrestler Aaron Badovinac up to the Senior Division where he finished 4th at 63 kilograms. “Aaron has had a lot of success already this year,” stated Dunn Coach Russ Bodnar. “We knew he could compete in the senior division and he rose to the challenge. You often learn more from your losses than your victories. I think this tournament will give him some things he can work on in preparation for the Alberni Invitational and the Island Championships.”

“We are really lucky to have a great group of kids at Dunn, throughout our program for that matter, who have really bought in. They understand it is not about winning medals and tournaments. We want our kids to have fun, work hard, and learn. The awards and recognition are just the icing on the cake,” concluded Russ Bodnar.

Alberni wrestlers will be back training on the mats this week. A small group of elite wrestlers will travel to compete in the Miri Piri in Abbotsford on February 1st. All Alberni wrestlers and coaches are busy preparing themselves for the Alberni Invitational February 7 – 8 at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.