Press Release - Neill/Dunn Dual Meet & Island Practice

Post date: Jan 27, 2011 6:15:16 AM

The EJ Dunn Middle School Wrestling Team played host to their cross-town rivals AW Neill in their second and final dual meet of the season Wednesday January 19.

“Dual meets are an exciting competition format where two teams match their wrestlers up in matches against the opposing team’s athletes,” explained Neill Coach Erin Anker. “In more senior competitions points can vary depending on how an individual match is won. With our Middle School Dual Meets we keep it pretty simple and award a single point for each match win. We also encourage participation by awarding a single point for each wrestler in attendance. In some cases we even set up exhibition matches between team mates to increase our wrestlers match experience. Dual meets are a great developmental tool and the best part is we only have to drive across town to get some great competition.”

When the whistle blew to single the end of the final match it was EJ Dunn Middle School’s Wrestling Team that ended up on top by a close score of 28 – 22. With the win the EJ Dunn Team claimed the title of Alberni Valley Dual Meet Championships for the third straight year.

“We have a great team of wrestlers here at EJ Dunn this year,” stated Coach James Messenger. “We have a very dedicated core of Grade Eights who will be moving up to ADSS next year. We also have a great group of Grade Six and Sevens who are working hard so they are ready to fill the leadership role of those wrestlers moving up to ADSS. I would like to congratulate both teams for a job well done at the Dual Meet. It was also great to have all the student volunteers from EJ Dunn, AW Neill, and ADSS who assisted with setup, refereeing, and takedown.”

Following the Dual Meet many of the middle school wrestlers took advantage of the spaghetti dinner which was provided through the volunteer work of Kate Dougan, Judy Kurucz, and Jeanette Badovinac.

The dinner was followed by an Island Practice with wrestlers participating from Port Alberni, Campbell River, Courtenay, and Ucluelet. It was a great development opportunity with numerous coaches and even our own Olympian Travis Cross. What a great opportunity for our athletes.

This week the Alberni wrestlers are busy preparing for the Alberni Invitational February 4 & 5 at the Alberni Valley Multiplex.