Eight of Campbell River’s top wrestlers travelled to this year’s Canadian National Wrestling tournament in Saskatoon, to compete against the best qualifying wrestlers Canada has to offer.
The wrestlers competed in the freestyle catagory during the first two days of competition.
Leading the way was two time provincial champion Ashley Osachuk, who had an outstanding performance earning herself a silver medal in the 52kg juvenile girls division (grade 11 & 12).
Closely behind was the performance of Conlan Foy in the cadet boys 46kg division (grade 9 & 10), earning himself a bronze medal in his first year competing at the national level.
Hailey Dean earned a respectable fifth place in the cadet girls 46kg division, while Ali Mcphee rounded out the top six finishers with a sixth place in the 60kg cadet girls. Other strong performances that fell short of the podium came from Brett Nelson (Juvenile 58kg), Dawson McKay (Cadet 85kg), Mike Herman (Juvenile 50kg) and Alex Jinda (Cadet 76kg).
The surprise and highlight of the tournament came on the third day of competition during the Greco Roman catagory, when Mike Herman wrestled to a gold medal earning the title of greco national champion.
Conlan Foy also competed on the third day trying to earn a spot on the Canadian team who will compete at the world championships this summer. Foy wrestled tough wrestling to a 2-2 record and finishing in 4th place. “This was a very impresive finish considering the amount of wrestling he did in three days, and considering that this age group included athletes two years older than him,“ comments coach Kerluck.
As a part of Team BC’s 132 participating wrestlers, the Campbell River group helped contribute to an impressive overall standing for B.C. This included a first place finish in the juvenile, cadet, and greco mens divisions, second place for juvenile women, and third place for cadet women.
Local wrestlers look to the community for support to help subsidize costs associated with travelling and competing at the national level.
They will be holding hot dog sales at Discovery Foods on Sunday, April 28 from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. They will also be bagging groceries at Super Store on Saturday, May 25.
At each event they will be handing out a wrestling magazine that profiles their success this season.