2022 Canadian Wrestling Championships kickoff next week
TSUUT’INA NATION, AB – The 2022 Canadian Wrestling Championships begin on June 9, from the Chiefs Sportsplex and Chief Jim Starlight Centre in Tsuut’ina Nation, Alberta. The event, a celebration of wrestling in Canada, will crown champions in U19, U17 and, new for this year, U15 age categories.
The Championships, which run until June 12, will feature men’s freestyle (FS), men’s Greco-Roman (GR), women’s freestyle (WW) and women’s Greco-Roman (WGR) wrestling. Close to 400 athletes will compete as each age group features 12 weight classes for each style.
“We are proud to have worked with Tourism Calgary and the Tsuut’ina Nation to host the 2022 Canadian Wrestling Championships,” said Jane Burns, Co-Chair, host organizing committee – Canada Cup of Wrestling Society. “We are happy to be providing the wrestling community an exciting opportunity to return to a national competition on the Tsuut’ina 145, Treaty 7 lands, with the Championships.”
Weigh-ins and medicals are scheduled for June 9, with wrestling kicking off on June 10 with U15 WW, U17 WW, and U17 FS. June 11 will see U15 FS, U19 WW, and U19 FS contested. Finally, all Greco-Roman will take place on June 12.
The event will see many up-and-comers compete with wrestlers who found success as recently as the 2022 Canadian Wrestling Trials, May 26-29, in Edmonton. On the women’s side, seven cadet gold medalists from the Trials will compete at the Championships. That list includes Paige Veloso, from The Roc Wrestling Club in Calgary, who won gold in the cadet women’s 65kg and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler. Veloso will be joined by fellow gold medalists Kaura Coles (WAMMA), Julia Petryna (Advanced Wrestling Academy), Ella Finding (Coast Wrestling Academy), Marley Jackson (Coast Wrestling Academy), Lene McCrackin (Edmonton WC), and Rupinder Johal (Guru Gobind Singh WC). Junior gold medalist Clarissa Agostini (GTA Alliance) is also scheduled to compete.
The men’s side will also see the cadet Most Outstanding Wrestler from the Trials compete at the Championships. Nathan Rainville, from Patriotes Wrestling Clubs in St-Césaire, Quebec, who earned gold in the men’s 65kg weight class, will look to add another medal to his trophy case. Five other winners from the Trials will join Rainville, including Wesley Heather (Woodstock WC), Harkirat Dhillon (Canadian Mal WC), Youssef ELshayeb (The Roc WC), Tejvir Dhinsa (Guru Gobind Singh WC) and Jagroop Dhinsa (Guru Gobind Singh WC).
Spectators are welcome to attend any of the sessions, wrestling begins at 9 a.m. on all three competition days. For complete tournament information, including live streaming links, visit the tournament site.