Alberni Armada wrestler Aaron Badovinac

Armada wrestlers have success at War on the Floor

The Armada wrestling team competed in the annual War on the Floor Tournament held in Coquitlam on Dec.15 and 16.

The Armada wrestling team traveled to compete in the annual War on the Floor Tournament held in Coquitlam on Dec.15 and 16.

Competition at The War on the Floor is divided into two levels: the Novice Tournament runs all day Thursday and the Elite Tournament on Friday.

The morning of day one saw two Alberni athletes competing in the Grade 8 -9 Novice. Grade 8 Landyn Clayton (66kg) wrestled two close matches but was unable to secure a victory.  Fellow Grade 8, Paige Maher (75kg), dominated all of her matches en route to a gold medal.

The afternoon of day two had 10 Armada athletes competing in the Grade 10-12 Novice Tournament.  The team had outstanding results.  Gold medal winners included Jayden Iversen (70kg), Jayce Clayton (84kg), Paige Maher (75kg), and Mackenzie Boudreau (60 kg).   Darien Van Ingen (54kg) won a silver medal, followed by bronze medal winners Scott Coulthart (84kg) and Owen Spencer (57kg).

Strong performances were given by Prateesh Giri, fifth at 57kg and William Merry (130kg).

Coach Russ Bodnar commented, “The Novices performed better than expected this early in the season.  We have a very committed young group and the hard work they have put in over the last couple of months was evident today.”

Day two saw 13 Armada athletes competing in the Elite tournament.

The team was lead by a dominant gold medal performance by Grade 11, Aaron Badovinac (74kg).  Badovinac is clearly the number one wrestler in B.C. at this weight as the season starts.

He is also high on Team BC lists for the Canada Games this coming summer.  Badovinac is a returning BC silver medalist who has one goal on his mind with the target of a BC High School Championship in early March.

Grade 8, Paige Maher (75kg), wrestled in her first Elite competition and came home with a silver medal, her third medal of the weekend.  Ravi Manhas (45kg) and Owen Spencer (57kg) each had terrific performances, bringing home bronze medals.

Rounding out top five placers were Daniel Spencer (78kg), fourth place, and Jayce Clayton (84kg), Isaac Macdonald (60kg) and Mackenzie Boudreau (60kg) with fifth place finishes.

Morgan Dagenais (64Kg), Jayden Iversen (70 kg) , Scott Coulthart (84 kg), Trevor Barker (51kg) and Prateesh Giri (57kg) all gained valuable experience in their matches on Friday.

“I was very pleased with the team’s performance over the last two days,” said head Armada coach, John McDonald. “This is a tough tournament for early in the season, and our results reflected the level of training we have been doing. Some of our younger wrestlers had some wins against some of the best wrestlers in B.C.”

“Paige Maher turned some heads as a Grade 8 in an Elite tournament this weekend. Aaron Badovinac dominated his weight class and will be a force to reckon with this year.  Owen Spencer, as a Grade 9, showed that he can compete at an elite level.”

Alberni wrestlers will continue training over the Christmas break at camps in Campbell River, Cowichan and at SFU along with regular club practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The next tournament is the Cougar Invite on Jan. 14 in Cowichan.

twitter.com/alberninews

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

 

Just Posted

Josephine Street Bridge closure extended

Restoration has been delayed due to poor weather

Vehicle rolls over at bottom of hump, driver not found

Port Alberni RCMP are still investigating

LNG project given a traditional Huu-ay-aht name

Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Steelhead LNG have announced new name for co-managed project

Port Alberni tackles “big city” problems

City’s compliance staff unable to take on emerging challenges

Alberni Valley soccer players learn Whitecaps Way

Young soccer players in Port Alberni got first-hand lessons from Whitecaps coaches

‘Tis the season in the Alberni Valley

Port Alberni gets ready for the holiday season

An adopted cat is the best 10 pounds you’ll gain this season

BC SPCA encouraging families to add a forever feline friend during adoption event Nov. 24 to Dec. 3

Uber official says public needs to push for ridesharing in B.C.

Mike van Hemmen tells Kelowna Chamber of commerce ridesharing would be ‘win-win-win’

15 arrested as Duncan police raid yields drugs, stolen property

Arrests made, drugs and stolen property seized

B.C. co-ops relieved with Ottawa’s housing strategy

Federal government to have a new co-operative housing funding model in place by 2020

Mounties dismantle counterfeiters ring with raid in Maple Bay Thursday

Counterfeiting paraphernalia found along with firearms, stolen property as police swept in Nov. 23

B.C. NDP referendum plan sparks legislature battle

David Eby says public will decide on proportional referendum

Hammy has been freed of his threads, a purple antler remains

The iconic Prince Rupert buck with a piece of hammock attached to his antlers was caught by COs

RCMP searching for missing Cowichan Bay boater, Daniel Borthwick

His Zodiac has been found but he has not, so far.

Most Read