Press Release - Cougar Invitational

Post date: Dec 13, 2010 6:02:48 AM

Alberni Wrestlers Magnificent on the Mats in the Mural City

Alberni Wrestlers from EJ Dunn, AW Neill and Alberni District Secondary travelled to Chemanius to compete in the Cougar Invitational on Saturday. Wrestlers from all three schools had a strong showing at this tournament which featured athletes from all over the Island. At the end of the day ADSS brought home the combined boys and girls team title and were third in the Junior (15 & Under) Division. EJ Dunn Middle School placed second in the Junior Division.

Brianne Charles (69kg Girls), Austin Evans (59 kg Boys), Austin Jaworski (72 kg Boys), and Cullen Hines (74 kg Boys) led the way for the ADSS senior team going undefeated to claim gold medals in their respective weight classes. Wes Boris (2nd at 72 kg Senior Boys), Samantha Anderson (2nd at 72+kg Senior Girls), and Bailey Durning (3rd at 63 kg Senior Girls) also added to the Senior teams medal count. Sky Daoust (4th at 68kg Senior Boys) and Sheldon Haddad (5th at 62 kg Senior Boys) added valuable team points. The ADSS Seniors finished with a total of 62 points, edging out the Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club who finished second with 60 points, and Esquimalt Secondary who finished with 53 points. “The team score was a little closer than we might like but it is not really all that reflective of our standing on the Island. The Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club has several high schools that feed into it while our team competes as just one school. Our seniors wrestled well. They did what we expected them to do. We have some things that we can work on but I am really happy with how the wrestled,” concluded ADSS Assistant Coach Chris Bodnar.

ADSS also had a number of Grade 9s eligible to compete in the Junior (15 & Under) Division. Despite having relatively small numbers the ADSS team finished third in the Junior Division. Rhea Wing looked strong in her first tournament of the season claiming the gold medal in the 43 kilogram Junior Girls Division. Golden boys Jesse and Jordan Wagner kept their streak alive winning the 48 kilogram and 51 kilogram divisions respectively. Christian Anderson was dominant going undefeated in the Junior Boys Heavy Weight and even accepted an exhibition match in the Senior Division as an added challenge. Tristan Schultze (2nd at 78 kg Junior Boys), Riley Neville (2nd at HWT Junior Boys), Elaina Todd (3rd at 51 kg Junior Girls), and Johnny Louden (6th at 57 kg Junior Boys) all contributed to ADSS’ third place finish in the Junior Girls Division.

EJ Dunn Middle School’s wrestling team had an outstanding performance to finish second in the Junior Team standings. EJ Dunn was beat out only by the Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club. The EJ Dunn Seahawks were led by gold medal performances from Jamie Durning (1st at 35 kg Junior Boys), Julia McGowan (1st at 64 kg Junior Boys), and Nolan Badovinac (1st at 70 kg Junior Boys). Michel Kurucz (2nd at 54 kg Junior Girls), Emma Vanderlee (2nd at 64 kg Junior Girls), Oliver Witham (2nd at 54 kg Junior Boys), Remi Wells (3rd at 47 kg Junior Girls), Eryk McKenzie (3rd at 54 kg Junior Boys), Russell David (3rd at 57 kg Junior Boys), Lauren Barker (4th at 43 kg Junior Girls), Braydon Weiler (4th at 48 kg Junior Boys), Brittney Battie (5th at 51 kg Junior Girls), and Tyler Maxwell (5th at 60 kg Junior Boys) all contributed to the EJ Dunn Wrestling Team’s impressive second place finish.

While they only brought a few of their wrestlers Neill Middle School had some outstanding individual results as well. Isabella Jones (2nd at 37 kg Junior Girls), Corinne Gough ( 3rd at 43 kg Junior Girls), Johannes Kulich (4th at 66 kg Junior Boys), and Chris Kurucz (6th at Junior Boys HWT) all competed for Neill Middle School on Saturday. Despite some impressive results their numbers were not enough to place amongst the top teams.

Alberni wrestlers will be training hard this week in preparation for the War on the Floor at Simon Fraser University December 16 & 17. Unfortunately due to the cancellation of the 9pm ferry middle school wrestlers are unable to compete this year. However, a portion of the ADSS team will compete in the grade 9-12 novice running on Thursday December 16th and the Elite division is set for Friday December 17th.