Book captures history in photos

The first 37 years of Alberni Wrestling will be immortalized in a hardcover book at the end of the wrestling season.

The first 37 years of Alberni Wrestling will be immortalized in a hardcover book at the end of the wrestling season.

Tom McEvay and Darral Clark have spent the past few months compiling photos, copies of newspaper articles and other memorabilia to include in the 256-page book.

A History of Alberni Wrestling –1978–2015: the Tradition Continues will chronicle each year with a writeup and six pages of photographs, including the 2014-15 season, McEvay said.

“I’ve kept scrapbooks from every year of the program. You should see my office right now,” McEvay said. He and Clark have been sifting through thousands of photos, trying to decide which ones to include in the book.

“It’s nostalgic,” says McEvay, who remains close with many former club athletes. “Some of these athletes, I’m godfather to their children and I’ve actually performed some of their weddings.”

McEvay and Clark are working with Friesens to produce the hardcover book as well as a special edition magazine for the 2015 Alberni Invitational Wrestling tournament.

The book will cost $50, and can be pre-ordered at http://ybstore.friesens.com/ stores/764780 or at the ADSS front office (cash or cheque only).

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