Campbell River wrestlers excelled at their own tournament last Saturday, winning every single category.
Carihi hosted the fourth annual Campbell River Invitational Wrestling Tournament which saw wrestlers from Carihi, Timberline, Phoenix, Southgate and the Campbell River Christian School take on teams from Port Hardy, Courtenay, Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo and Victoria. Team standings for all four categories were topped by schools: Junior Girls – Phoenix; Junior Boys – Phoenix; Senior Girls – Carihi; and Senior Boys – Timberline.
Phoenix’s Hailey Dean (51 kg) and Savannah Pare (60 kg) topped the podium with gold medals followed by second place Aden Lovely (43 kg), Kyla May (47 kg) and Kristine Osachuck (51 kg). Megan Nuttall (54 kg) finished third. Other top six finishers were Larissa Melville and Alexis Verschuur (47 kg), Gena Bannerman (54 kg), Amanda Anderson (60 kg) and Greta Hamilton (64 kg).
Southgate’s lone gold medal was awarded to Conlan Foy (41 kg) and the balance of the Junior Boys category was dominated by the Phoenix boys with golds for Dawson Jordan (48 kg), Michael Herman (54 kg), Duc Ngo (57 kg) and Denis Parsey (60 kg). One bronze finish for Petro Kindy-Olsen (70 kg) while Campbell River Christian School’s Adam Guilderson placed a solid second in the 60 kg division. Other top six finishers included: Liam Ross (57 kg), Dylan Sparling and Skylar Kaplanchuk (66 kg) and Alex Jinda (70 kg).
Smaller in number but no less determined and successful, the lone Senior Girls – from Carihi Olivia Carter (57 kg) and Timberline’s Ashley Osachuck (60 kg) – both topped the podium with gold medals in their divisions. Timberline’s Senior boys dominated their divisions with top finishes for Brett Nelson (60 kg), and Hunter McKay (74 kg) as well as silver medals for Justin Allard ( 84 kg) and bronze for Cory Cossenas (60 kg).