ADSS wrestlers dominate the podium at Miri Piri Club Championships

Nine Alberni wrestlers travelled to Abbotsford last weekend

Aaron Badovinac (in blue) had a gold medal performance at the 12th annual Miri Piri Club Championships. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Nine Alberni wrestlers travelled to Abbotsford to compete at the 12th annual Miri Piri Club Championships this past weekend. All nine athletes finished top three in their respective weight classes.

The team was led by defending provincial champion, grade 12 Aaron Badovinac (74 kg). Aaron steam-rolled his competition on his way to a gold medal performance. Badovinac won all of his matches by fall and did not relinquish a point the entire tournament.

The ADSS squad also had strong silver medal performances from Anna Frost (54 kg), Paige Maher (76 kg), Jayce Clayton (90 kg) and William Merry (HWT). Bronze medals were won by Ravi Manhas (48 kg), Seth Price (57 kg), Owen Spencer (63 kg), and Mackenzie Boudreau (70 kg).

“I was very pleased with the success of our athletes this weekend,” said head coach John McDonald. “I was particularly impressed with the performances of Anna Frost and Owen Spencer. Both of these wrestlers have elevated their compete level, proving they are top contenders in their individual weight classes provincially.”

The Miri Piri tournament is the start of a very busy month for the ADSS team. The group will train in preparation for the prestigious Age Class tournament at the University of Fraser Valley January 26-27, the Alberni duals held at ADSS February 2, the Campbell River Invite February 3, followed by the Island Championships in Chemainus February 17th. The highlight of the season will be the BC Highschool Provincial Championships, hosted in hometown Port Alberni, March 1-3.

If you would like more information about the Alberni Duals or the Provincial Championships, please visit If you would like to provide sponsorship or can volunteer at the Provincial Championships, please contact James Messenger at or Tom McEvay at .

“To have every one of our kids come home with a medal shows we are where we need to be in preparation for the provincial championships.”

For a full story and photos, see our website at

Just Posted

North Island College launches Aboriginal College Pathway in Port Alberni

Aboriginal students will have a new, supportive start to their education this fall

New fire reported near North Taylor Arm in Alberni Valley

Number of human-caused fires a “concern”

Port Alberni RCMP looking for owners of stolen vehicle rims

Owners will be required to identify their property

UPDATE: 5 injured in plane crash following Abbotsford International Airshow

One in critical condition in incident involving vintage plane

More than 2,000 music fans attend Port Alberni’s Five Acre Shaker

Music festival at McLean Mill went off “without a hitch”

VIDEO: Y2K Spitfire arrives in Comox

Pilot Dave Hadfield flew the warbird while local legend, Stocky Edwards, marshalled him in

Man plows truck into Houses of Parliament in London

UK police treat Parliament crash as terrorism, man arrested

Child dies in boating incident in Okanagan

A North Vancouver family was boating on Kalamalka Lake in Vernon when the incident occured

B.C. Wildfires 2018: Province calls for federal aid

More fires have burned in B.C. already this year than did in all of 2017

Kayak in Indian Arm waters off B.C.’s Deep Cove and feast on famous doughnuts

About a half hour drive from Vancouver, Deep Cove is a great kayaking spot for locals and tourists

Smokey skies across Vancouver Island expected to last until Wednesday

The province of B.C. has issued a special bulletin for all of Vancouver Island

Child, 4, attacked by cougar near Fernie

The BC Conservation Officer Service said it happened while the family was fishing

Trans Mountain pipeline protesters practise resisting police at Camp Cloud

Last week, a Supreme Court judge granted the City of Burnaby an injunction ordering protesters to remove everything from the site

Most Read