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Press Release - Island Novice

posted Dec 4, 2017, 4:15 PM by James Messenger

Alberni Wrestlers Compete at Island Novice in Campbell River

A full team of wrestlers travelled to Campbell River on Saturday to compete in the Island Novice Wrestling Championships. The tournament marks the official start of the competitive wrestling season. 

The Novice tournament is intended for athletes who are relatively new to the sport and there are restrictions as to who can compete.  As a result, a number of the more senior Alberni wrestlers participated in the tournament as referees and a few took the weekend off to rest.

As a team the Alberni Wrestling Club won the Senior Boys and Junior Boys Divisions. The Junior Girls, and Elementary Boys both finished in second place.  Coaches were excited to see the team successful in all four divisions.

Individually nineteen Alberni wrestlers finished in the top 4 in their respective weight classes.  Mason Bodnar (Sr. Boys 90kg), Caitlynn Baker (Jr. Girls 51 kg), Duncan McLeod (Sr. Boys 47 kg), Landyn Clayton (Sr. Boys 72kg), Miranda Baker (Jr. Girls 80 kg), Cole Robinson (Jr. Boys 60), Ryann Tramer (Jr. Boys 69kg), Evan McLeod (Elem. Boys 35kg) and Jax Robinson (Elem. Boys 40 kgs) all went undefeated to claim the gold medal in their divisions.

“Obviously all of our gold medalists did an excellent job,” noted Coach Chris Bodnar. I was also really excited to see the crop of kids that are coming up through our Junior Club system.   I think that will really help with the transition to ADSS.”

Finishing with silver medals in their weight classes was Austin Kasten (Jr. Boys 69kg), Austin Caton (Jr. Boys 60kg), Jake Dentoom (Jr. Boys 78kg), Nickolas Cross (Elem. Boys 31kg), and Grant Couthart (Elem. Boys 71kg).

Cooper Day (Jr. Boys 43kg), Ezra Frost (Jr. Boys 47kg), and Jackie-Lynn Croft (Jr. Girls 80kg) all wrestled their way to the bronze medals in their weight classes.

In 4th place we had Bruce Williams (Jr. Boys 56kg) and Kenneth Lucas (Elem. Boys 43kg).

“There were a number of good performances today,” noted Assistant Coach Lauren Barker.  “The effort was good and they were trying out the techniques we have been working on in practice.  Of course there is always room for improvement too.”

Coach Jen Johnson noticed how much improvement everyone is showing since the beginning of the year already and with the hard work all the wrestlers do in practice is sure going to pay off if they keep it up. Way to go Alberni for the strong start to the year.

Wrestlers will be right back on the mats training this week in preparation for the Cougar Invitational in Chemanius on December 9.  In addition to Junior Club kids the tournament will see the ADSS Armada field a full squad of wrestlers.  Parents, wrestlers and program supporters interested in finding out more about upcoming wrestling events are encouraged to visit the club’s website www.alberniwrestling.ca

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