Golden moments for wrestling elite
Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club members landed many top placings in the Western age class championships at Kamloops.
Maegan Kuruvita dominated her weight class, winning for 65-kilogram girls. She had a rematch from last year in the final with the same girl from Alberta.
Molly O’Donnell, a Grade 8 student at Queen of Angels School, pinned all of her opponents to take first in the 54 kg schoolgirl class while Kayden Dorma of George Bonner took gold for the 42 kg schoolboy division.
Second place went to Randi Thomas in the female cadet division for 82 kg and Warren Clarke in the 69 kg juvenile boys’ division.
Nolan Mitchell and Rayne Hankins both claimed third place, Mitchell in cadet boys’ 42 kg and Hankins in 65 kg schoolgirl.
Gobind Sall just missed a medal, taking fourth in the 92 kg juvenile boys’ event.
Fifth places went to Stefan Peruzzo in 110 kg juvenile boys and Avery Gibson in cadet boys’ 58 kg.
Chelsea Warke finished just outside the top six in her 54 kg schoolgirl division.
Pat Large and Jacob Jones fought hard but were out after two matches. Owen Pite suffered an injury but fought through it and went 1-2 in three matches.
Coach Nick Zuback said it was a huge meet with more than 700 wrestlers.
“It’s kind of like an indication of a qualifier for nationals,’’ he said.
The 14 CVWC members travelled to Kamloops in a caravan of five vehicles.