Wrestlers Successful at War on the Floor Tournament ADSS Boys Win Elite Boys Title

Post date: Dec 21, 2013 8:57:30 PM

Alberni wrestlers performed to expectations at the annual War on the Floor Wrestling Tournament at Simon Fraser University. The local program took a strong group over for the Grade 9/10 and 11/12 Novice events on Wednesday and the Elite category on Thursday and they didn’t disappoint. Alberni wrestlers captured four gold, five silver and four bronze medals and had another five wrestlers place in the top six at this very prestigious mainland event. The ADSS boys walked away with the title in the Elite Boys division. Unfortunately team results for the Novice Tournament were not available at press time.

“Many of our up and coming wrestlers were entered in the Novice Events on Wednesday ,” stated ADSS Head Coach John McDonald. “The tournament is a restricted tournament in that it is only for those wrestlers who have not had provincial or national results yet. We moved some of our intermediate wrestlers up to the older age division for a little more challenge.”

On Wednesday Russell David (58kg) and Dean Leyland (76kg) went undefeated to claim gold medals in the Grade 11/12 Division. Winning silver medals were Jarred Beckett (58kg), Lauren Barker (56kg), and David Wilson (63kg). Eryk McKenzie (76kg) and Johannes Kulich walked away with bronze medals in the 76kg Division. Grade 8 wrestlers Issac McDonald (41kg) and Aaron Badovinac (63kg) challenged themselves in the Grade 9/10 Division and walked with silver and bronze medals respectively. Daniel Spencer (6th 63kg 9/10) and Trevor Barker (6th 38kg 9/10) rounded out the Top 6 placers for the Alberni at the Wednesday Novice Tournament.

“There were a lot of highlights on Wednesday,” commented Coach Russ Bodnar. “Our middle school wrestlers coming and challenging themselves to wrestle up an age group was great. Some of our ADSS wrestlers who have been training and working hard saw some success. It was great to see.”

Thursday morning wrestlers weighed in to compete in the War On the Floor Elite Tournament. The Elite Tournament is always a highly competitive tournament. Featuring some of the best wrestlers in Western Canada.

Alberni had a number of very strong performances and the ADSS boys won the Boy’s Team Title over St. Thomas Moore of Burnaby. The Armada were led by the dominating performances of Jesse Wagner (54kg) and Nolan Badovinac (76kg). Both wrestlers not only went undefeated but beat all their opponents by technical superiority winning victories by 10 or more points.

“Both Nolan and Jesse looked really strong today,” assessed ADSS Coach Chris Bodnar. “In one of his preliminary matches Jesse beat a past provincial placer without getting scored on. Our results were encouraging. Our wrestlers were able to implement some of the technical things we have worked on in the past months. Our fitness and conditioning is right where it needs to be.”

A number of the ADSS wrestlers caught the attention of University coaches from Simon Fraser and University of the Fraser Valley. Coaches have not only made contact about Grade 12s Christian Anderson and Jesse and Jordan Wagner but also some of the Grade 11s coming up. Some of the ADSS wrestlers have been invited to attend camps and practices at universities over the holidays.

Remi Wells (56kg) lost a hard fought final match, to last year's provincial champion, to claim the silver medal in the elite tournament. Jordan Wagner looked very strong finishing with the bronze medal at 58kg. Jordan’s only loss was to last year’s National Champion. Lauren Barker (5th 56kg), Christian Anderson (6th 100kg), and Isaac McDonald (6th at 41kg) also placed in the top 6 in the very competitive Elite Tournament.

The local squads continue practices over the holidays but their next competition isn’t until after the Christmas break. Some wrestlers will likely head to Christmas camps in the lower mainland and the Island in preparation for a very busy January and February. The annual Alberni Invitational is scheduled for February 6 - 8th this season.