Alberni wrestlers win Islands

The Alberni District Secondary School wrestling team won the Island wrestling title for the 14th year in a row.

The ADSS wrestling team has won the Island wrestling title for the 14th year in a row.

The ADSS Boys Wrestling Team won the Vancouver Island Secondary Wrestling Championship in Ucluelet on the weekend for the 26th,  Alberni Wrestling Director Tom McEvay said.

The ADSS boys finished with 119 points, more than double the 45 points accumulated by second place Dover Bay of Nanaimo. Timberline of Campbell River were third with 43 points.

Other top 10 teams included Queen of Angles, Reynolds, Ballenas, Oak Bay and Francis Kelsey and Gulf Islands tied for 10th.

It wasn’t to be a clean sweep for the ADSS Girls Team. The Armada girls finished second to the host team from Ucluelet, who had 36 points. Cowichan finished with 21 points.

Other teams finishing in the top 10 were Queen of Angles, Dover Bay, Quamichan, Francis Kelsey and EJ Dunn Middle School.

“The continued dominance of our ADSS wrestlers on the Island scene is truly a remarkable accomplishment,” McEvay said.

“There are few teams in any sport at any level who can show this type of legacy over such a long period of time.”

ADSS wrestlers won nine of the 29 weight classes contested at the Islands.

On the boys side, Grade 10 wrestler Dean Leyland won gold in the 70 kg division and won the Most Outstanding Male Wrestler award

ADSS Grade 10 wrestler Nolan Badovinac took gold at 74 kg and is expected to compete for the provincial gold at the BC’s in two weeks in Duncan.

Grade 11 twins Jesse and Jordan Wagner won the 51 kg and 54 kg weight classes respectively.

Their teammate Christian Anderson won the 90 kg class while Grade 12 wrestler Cole Walton returned from injury to win the 110 kg weight.

In the girls division, Grade 12 Jordon Bodnar won her fifth straight Island gold medal at 43 kg.  The four-time BC champion will now lead the ADSS girls into the BC’s in Duncan.

Grade 10 wrestler Remi Wells continued her outstanding season with an Island gold at 57 kg.

Up and coming Grade 9 wrestler Micaela Dick surprised no one in winning the 69 kg weight class.

Six local wrestlers brought home silver medals and five captured bronze. ADSS captain and Grade 12 wrestler Jonathan Spencer took second at 74 kg while fellow graduating wrestler Bailey Durning was second at 64 kg on the girls side.

Both Spencer and Durning are considered to be medal threats in Duncan.

Grade 10’s Lauren Barker, Michel Kurucz took slivers at 57 and 60 kg as did another young ADSS wrestler Julia McGowan at 69 kg. Grade 8 wrestler Trevor Barker of Dunn was second at 38 kg.

Bronze medalists for the ADSS boys were grade 12 Sheldon Haddad at 60 kg and grade 10 Eryk McKenzie (Cardinal) at 70 kg.

Wrestlers are now focusing their attention on the B.C.s, which are Feb. 28 to March 2 in Duncan.

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