Get ready to rumble in Alberni

Alberni wrestlers are preparing for the Alberni Invitational Wrestling Tournament, which is being held on Feb.2.

The 29th Annual Alberni Invitational Wrestling Tournament is scheduled for the Alberni Valley Multiplex Feb. 2-4.

The Invitational attracts more than 600 competitors from all over B.C. to the Valley for three days of intense wrestling action in five different age groups, plus another 200 in categories such as the Open, Elementary and a new Grappling division.

The Alberni Invitational is widely considered the most prestigious high school wrestling tournament in B.C. and has received recognition across Canada, spokesperson Tom McEvay said.

The tournament begins on Thursday, Feb. 2 with weigh-ins for boys and girls in the secondary aged divisions at 6 p.m. at Glenwood. The Alberni Invitational tournament action will run all day on Friday, Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Alberni Valley Multiplex. The semi-finals go at 7 p.m.

The rest of the preliminary matches begin Saturday morning at 9 a.m.  Medal matches will start at 10 a.m.

The finals in the schoolboy/girl division (Gr. 6-8) and cadet (Gr. 9-10) will start at noon. The Juvenile (Gr. 11-12) finals run 2:30-3:30 p.m. There is no cost for spectators (except finals are by donation).