Campbell River wrestlers once again dominated at the recent National Championships, held April 15-17 at the University of Calgary, with six podium finishes shared among four local competitors.
Fourteen-year-old Keegan Millikan of Campbell River Christian School, competing in his first National Championships at 46kg, took sixth place in the Cadet (U16) Freestyle competition and first place in Greco Roman to earn a spot on Team Canada.
Petro Kindy-Olsen of Carihi also had a great performance, defeating two B.C. provincial champions on his way to the finals.
Despite a minor shoulder injury he received early in the tournament, Kindy-Olsen took the silver in the 85kg Juvenile (U18) Freestyle competition.
Representing Timberline was Conlan Foy, who finished with a bronze medal in Freestyle and a silver in Greco Roman at Juvenile 63kg.
“It was an exciting tournament for me,” said Foy, who has committed to wrestle for the University of Calgary in the fall.
“To finish my high school wrestling career with another podium finish at Nationals is amazing, especially since it’s at my new school. It feels great ending this chapter of my life where I am starting a new chapter next year.”
Carihi’s Ali McPhee breezed through her division, capturing gold in both the Juvenile Freestyle and Greco Roman competition at 65kg, earning her national champion status once again.
McPhee was also the recipient of the “BC Wrestling Officials” Award, receiving a bursary contributing to post-secondary savings.
Unfortunately due to injury, Joel House was unable to compete in the Cadet 76kg division of the tournament but he came to support his teammates.
Coach Matt Sparling was very impressed with these results.
“This is the last tournament I have with a lot of these wrestlers,” he said. “It made me very proud to have them all perform this well at such a high level of competition.”