Alex Jinda of Phoenix pins his opponent at the Island Championships in Nanaimo on Feb. 11.

Campbell River wrestlers peak at right time

The tournament is a qualifier for the Provincial Championship in two weeks’ time

Campbell River wrestlers had a excellent performance  at the Island Championships in Nanaimo on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The tournament is a qualifier for the Provincial Championship in two weeks’ time. The top five boys and top six girls at each weight class qualify.

From Timberline, Brett Nelson and Ashley Osachuk each won gold medals. Hunter McKay earned a bronze medal while Corey Cossenas placed 5th.

The Timberline boys placed 6th overall. Olivia Carter, Carihi’s lone representative, won the gold medal at 57kg.

The Phoenix girls had an impressive showing, placing 3rd at the high-school tournmanent.

Hailey Dean placed 2nd, Megan Nuttall and Savannah Pare 3rd, Ally Cyr 4th Ali McPhee 5th,  and Greta Hamilton, 6th. The Phoenix boys also had a strong showing. Dawson Jordan placed 1st, Mike Herman 2nd, and Duc Ngo 5th. From Southgate, Brooke Guindon placed 5th on the girls side, while CJ Foy placed 2nd, Dawson Mckay 3rd, and Chris Klatt 4th, on the boy’s side.

Phoenix coach Jason Kerluck was pleased with Campbell River’s performance, “Heading into the BCs, our athletes are peaking at the right time. We are looking forward to more excellent results on the provincial level.”