Wrestlers from Alberni District Secondary School and junior members of the Alberni Wrestling Club travelled to Chemainus to compete in the Cougar Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 9. The tournament featured wrestlers from all over the Island. ADSS finished first in the Senior Division (grades 10-12), second in the Junior Division (grades 7-9) and second in the Elementary Division (grades 3-6).
As predicted, the ADSS Armada won the Senior Division in convincing fashion. Ravi Manhas (48kg Boys), Owen Spencer (62kg Boys), Isaac McDonald (67kg Boys), Aaron Badovinac (77kg Boys), and Paige Maher (74kg Girls) all went undefeated to claim gold medals in their respective divisions.
The Armada had a number of up and coming wrestlers compete in the Junior division, finishing second behind the home town team Queen of Angels. Bobby McKenzie (40 kg Boys), Cooper Day (45kg Boys), Landyn Clayton (73kg Boys), Mason Bodnar (89kg Boys), and Malika McDonald (40kg Girls) all looked solid, bringing home the gold medals in their weight classes.
In addition to the strong contingent of wrestlers from ADSS, a handful of Junior Club wrestlers travelled to Chemanius to compete. Three Grade 7s had ADSS coaches excited about their recruits for next year. Evan McLeod finished first in the boys 38 kilogram division, Jackie-Lynn Croft finished second (82kg Girls) and Caitlyn Baker finished third in a tough 55 kilogram girls division.
Alberni’s results in the elementary division were equally impressive. Alex McKenzie (37kg Boys), Jax Robinson (47kg Boys) and Grant Coulthart (74kg Boys) impressed coaches, finishing first in their divisions.