Wrestlers Sadie Dowler and Chymira Aubrey pose with their medals with club coach Matt Sparling after last year’s Novice wrestling tournament at L’École Phoenix Middle School. The tournament returns on Saturday to the school’s gym. Action starts at 9:30 a.m.

Campbell River hosts Island novice wrestlers

Ecole Phoenix Middle School will be hosting the 2017 Vancouver Island Novice wrestling Tournament on Saturday at the school’s gym.

The tournament is aimed at beginner wrestlers, giving them the opportunity to compete (often for the first time) against other wrestlers who are of a similar age, weight, and ability level.

“This is always a great tournament for our younger, less experienced kids,” said Mike Munsie, Phoenix teacher and wrestling coach. “A lot of our middle school kids have been practicing for a number of weeks, and this gives them a great opportunity to try out their skills in safe, competitive matches. They are really excited about it!”

Steve Rose, also a Phoenix teacher, has also been working with the Phoenix team and a small group of athletes from Southgate Middle School.

“We invite everyone from the public to come and cheer on our Campbell River athletes as they compete against novice wrestlers from all over the island,” Rose said. “It should be a lot of fun!”

Wrestling starts at 9:30 a.m., Saturday morning. There is no admission fee. There will also be a concession on site.