Island Wrestling Team Dominates Abby Invitational

Post date: Dec 16, 2012 5:18:50 AM

Vancouver Island sent a team of their top wrestlers to Abbotsford on the weekend and as expected Alberni District Secondary School was well represented. Eight ADSS wrestlers proved to be the strength of the Elite Island Team that dominated the high caliber Abby Invitational in Abbotsford. The tournament featured some of the top wrestlers from the Lower Mainland and throughout BC.

The Island Team overpowered many of the mainland teams, claiming first place in all but one category in team competition. The Island took team titles in Cadet Girls (grade 9-10), Juvenile Women (grade 11-12) and Juvenile Men (grade 11-12). Cadet Boys (grade 9-10) had a strong showing, finishing second behind the local Abbotsford club.

“We knew we were bringing over a strong team, but did not expect to win three out of four divisions at such an elite tournament. It’s a testament to the hard work and commitment our athletes have been putting in early this season” stated Coach Chris Bodnar. “I am extremely proud of the physical and mental toughness our athletes showed and of the maturity and pride our wrestlers demonstrated both on and off the mats.”

Alberni valley women led the way for the Island squad with gold medals by Remi Wells (60kg CG) and Michaela Dick (64kg CG) added to Island gold from Hannah Lauridson (64 kg JW) and Marlowe Matheson (54 kg CG). A strong performance by Emma Irwin of Ucluelet (bronze 54kg JW) added valuable team points. Several top ADSS female wrestlers did not make the trip so the local team looks strong heading into the season.

ADSS grade 10 wrestler Nolan Badovinac (78kg) wrestled up in the Juvenile Men’s division and captured gold with a dominant performance. Jesse Wagner fought a tough battle in the finals of 54kg men and finished with a silver medal. Strong performances by Eryk Cardinal (66kg CB) and Christian Anderson (90kg JM) added bronze medals to the medal count. Grade 12’s Jonathan Spencer (4th at 74 kg JM) and Sheldon Haddad (5th at 60kg JM) added precious team points.

The next action for ADSS wrestlers is in Langley, December 20 and 21st at the prestigious War on the Floor Tournament. This tournament is being held this season at the multi-million dollar Langley Events Centre. Over 1000 wrestlers from all over the western provinces are expected to provide one of the toughest tests of the season. Local middle school wrestlers are gearing up for the first dual meet of the year between Neill and Dunn this week.