Fundraiser - Bulldogs Concession

posted Oct 3, 2018, 3:16 PM by James Messenger

Wrestling families fundraiser alert. Adult volunteers and senior volunteers (16 & older) can help earn fundraising credits for this wrestling season too. Help out at the Bulldogs Concession. Coordinator Richelle McKenzie. Contact her at or call 250- 735-0354.

Dates are
Nov 10
Nov 13
Nov 17
Nov 18
Nov 23
Dec 2

Eagles Wrestling Shirt

posted Mar 26, 2018, 2:14 PM by James Messenger

Eagles Logo T-shirt Here's your chance to get the Eagles logo t shirt that we had available 10 years ago ... Some of you missed out and some of you would love a new one as your old one is tired!! $20 for short sleeve $25 for long sleeve available in white, black , gray or red. The Eagles logo will be on the back and a small logo stating 2018 BC Wrestling Championships will be placed on the left top corner of the front of the shirt. I will need orders in no later thanApril 6/18 please email me You can either mail me a cheque payable to Mary Tilley at 3904 McBride Street, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 6E8 or send an E transfer to that email address.

Alberni dominates at home in BC Secondary School Wrestling Championships

posted Mar 6, 2018, 8:55 PM by James Messenger   [ updated Mar 6, 2018, 8:56 PM ]

BC Championships Coming Quick

posted Feb 27, 2018, 8:17 PM by James Messenger

Alumni, parents, and friends of the program. For those of you able to assist with setup here is the latest.

Thursday March 1 3pm - Meet at Neill School back parking lot. The crew will load mats there, Alberni Elementary, Maquinna and ADSS.

7pm All Hands on deck for setting up at the Multiplex. There are a number of different jobs and several lighter duty tasks. We appreciate any and all help.

If you are able to help Friday and Saturday and have not yet signed up for a shift we will never turn away help. Come to the Multiplex and check with our volunteer booth. A huge thank you to everyone who has signed up already. Our athletes and coaches are grateful for all the support they have received and are excited to showcase the best of our community.

See schedule details here BCs Letter

Wrestler of the Week - February 25

posted Feb 18, 2018, 9:13 PM by James Messenger

Wrestler of the Week for Feb. 15 is Grade 10 Seth Price. Seth has been battling health issues but has rebounded nicely the last couple weeks. He has worked hard and pushed his teammates this week as they prepare for the Island and BC Championships.  Seth just won the 57 kilogram division at the Island Championships in dominate fashion proving he is peaking and coming to form just in time.  These are just some of the reasons why Seth is a great choice for Wrestler of the Week.

Armada Boys Win 19th Consecutive Island Wrestling Championships

posted Feb 18, 2018, 8:51 PM by James Messenger

Armada Boys Win 19th Consecutive Island Wrestling Championships


The Alberni Armada Boys Wrestling Team won the Vancouver Island Secondary School Wrestling Championships for the 19th consecutive year.  It was the 31st time in the last 36 years the Armada Boys won the title of Island Champions.


The ADSS boys finished with 79 points, more than double the 29 points accumulated by second place Queen of Angels.  Carihi from Campbell River was third with 26 points.


The Armada girls finished second behind Cowichan Secondary School. Chemanius Secondary finished third.


Individually 26 wrestlers qualified to represent Alberni District Secondary School at the BC High School Championships in two weeks time.


Ten Alberni wrestlers claimed the gold medals in their respective weight classes.  Bobby McKenzie, Ravi Manhas, Seth Price, Owen Spencer, Isaac McDonald, Aaron Badovinac, Scott Coulthart, Malika McDonald, Paige Maher, and Miranda Barker all went undefeated.


Ryann Tramer, Daniel Spencer, Jarod Gagnon, Jayce Clayton, Anna Frost, and Mackenzie Boudreau all finished with silver medals.


Duncan MacLeod (3rd), Darien Van Ingen, Landon Clayton, Cooper Day (4th), Wyatt Young (4th), Austin Kasten (4th), Mason Bodnar (4th), Ezra Frost (5th) Brenden Iversen (5th) and Prateesh Giri (5th) all rounded out the placings for the strong Alberni team.


Jayden Iversen and William Merry were both petitioned into the BC High School Championships based on their past results from the season


Grade 12 wrestler Aaron Badovinac was selected as the Most Outstanding Male Wrestler of the Tournament based on his dominating performance at 74 kilograms.


“Aaron is undefeated at his weight class in BC the past two years.  He has been one of the most dominant and consistent wrestlers over that period.  He is certainly deserving of the recognition,” noted Coach John McDonald.  “I am happy with how our group wrestled today.  We looked strong.  Ravi was also dominant and Grade 10 Scott Coulthart had a great tournament winning some tough matches.”


The Armada will be training hard over the next two weeks in preparation for the BC Championships at home March 1- 3.


Camp China Creek

posted Feb 16, 2018, 9:48 PM by James Messenger

BC Wrestling fans if you are travelling to Port Alberni for B.C.s March 1 -3 consider staying at China Creek Marina or going out there for a visit. They are offering a promo 2 nights for the price of 1.

Wrestler of the Week - February 8

posted Feb 13, 2018, 3:45 PM by James Messenger

Wrestler of the Week for February 8 is Prateesh Giri.  This is the second time Prateesh's teammates have chosen him this season and for good reason. Prateesh has continued to improve throughout the year and has wrestled very well the last couple of weeks. He has been at most practices and always strives to be better. Prateesh is right on the cusp of becoming an elite wrestler in this province.  These are some of the reasons why Prateesh is a great choice for Wrestler of the Week.

Press Release - Port Authority Pins Down Title Sponsorship with 2018 BC Wrestling Championships

posted Feb 5, 2018, 4:47 PM by James Messenger   [ updated Feb 5, 2018, 4:49 PM ]

Port Authority Pins Down Title Sponsorship with 2018 BC Wrestling Championships


The Port Alberni Port Authority (PAPA) has signed on to be title sponsor of the 2018 BC Secondary School Wrestling Championships held right here in Port Alberni March 1 – 3, 2018.


“We are excited to come on as a title sponsor in support of this year’s BC Wrestling Championships,” stated Dave McCormick Director of Public Relations and Business Development for the Port Authority.  “The Championships are a great opportunity to showcase not only the best in BC High School Wrestling but the best in our community as well.  Approximately six hundred athletes are expected to compete.  Travelling to support those athletes will also be coaches, supervisors, parents and families.  That is a lot of exposure for our community.  Sponsoring this event allows us to support something that is great for our community and also create exposure for our businesses; especially China Creek Campground.  It’s a great partnership.”


With local hotels and restaurants operating at capacity March 1 - 3 the Port Alberni Port Authority has a vested interest in raising its profile.  Operating the shipping terminal is only one aspect of PAPA’s operations.  PAPA is also responsible for operating Fisherman’s Harbour, Harbour Quay Marina, Clutesi Haven Marina, and China Creek Marina and Campground. The campground will be open for all visitors with a 2 nights for the price of 1 promotion (quote: BC Wrestling). The amazing natural, waterfront location provides a great atmosphere to rest and recharge during the competition.


“Wrestlers and their families travelling to Port Alberni for this year’s championships are very familiar with Port Alberni’s rich history and excellence in the sport of wrestling but they might not be aware of the recreational opportunities that Port Alberni offers outside of wrestling,” noted Tournament Co-Chair James Messenger. 


As a title sponsor PAPA will be prominently displayed and promoted throughout the three days of the event.  Along with more traditional promotional strategies organizers are looking at creative ways to highlight some of the great recreational and business opportunities that are available at Port Authority facilities, such as China Creek Campground, and Centennial Pier & Tyee Landing in the heart of the city’s active waterfront


“Most of the wrestlers come from major urban centers, they are city slickers, for lack of a better term.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could get them out to China Creek Marina & Campground to walk around and maybe roast a marshmallow.  We would love to be able to set that up for a few of our visiting teams.  Maybe they will bring their families back in the summer to fish or camp,” said James Messenger.


On March 1-3, the Port Alberni Port Authority and Armada Wrestling Team are ready to show the rest of British Columbia what makes Port Alberni a great place to live, play….and wrestle.  Mark these dates on your calendar so you can be part of the excitement and a great community event.  If you are interested of coming on to sponsor this event or are interested in volunteering please contact James Messenger at 250-735-8854 or

Visitors can contact China Creek Campground through or phone directly: 250-723-9812

Wrestler of the Week - February 1

posted Feb 4, 2018, 9:28 AM by James Messenger

Wrestler of the Week for February 1 is Grade 12 Ravi Manhas. Ravi is coming off a strong performance in Abbotsford where he placed third wrestling up two weight classes! Don’t let this great smile fool you, Ravi is a tough competitor and returning Provincial and National medalist.  Ravi has worked hard this week and has been supportive of his teammates. These are just a few reasons why Ravi is a good choice for Wrestler of the Week.

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