Two Campbell River wrestlers competed at the Canadian National Wrestling Championship, held in Windsor, Ontario April 7-9.
Over 850 athletes registered for the national tournament, making it the largest wrestling event ever held in Canada. Carihi athlete, Kaitlyn Jinda, and Timberline athlete, Joel House, competed in the cadet portion of the tournament, which is specific for Grades 9-10 athletes.
House, a Grade 10 athlete, was up against 22 other cadet wrestlers, in the 76 kg male category. He went undefeated in the round robin portion of the tournament, giving him a shot at gold in the finals. House wrestled well but eventually succumbed to a Saskatchewan athlete, finishing with an impressive silver medal in his first ever national wrestling tournament.
Grade 9 athlete Kaitlyn Jinda wrestled very tough in the 70 kg female category, going undefeated all the way to the semi-finals, where she lost to the eventual gold medalist. Jinda showed perseverance after her disappointing loss, winning her next two matches on the back side of the bracket, earning a bronze medal in what was her first ever wrestling nationals, as well.