Juniors take centre stage at 2023 Canadian Wrestling Championships
WATERLOO, ON – The 2023 Canadian Wrestling Championships (Senior, Junior, Cadet) continued March 10, from RIM Park in Waterloo, ON with the Junior competition being featured. Outside, the snow may have been falling but inside the action continued to be hot.
On the Junior women’s side, it was Ontario, who took home top honours with the Provincial Team Award. They finished with a total of 46 points to take the award over second place British Columbia. Ontario featured four gold medalists: Serena Di Benedetto, Hamilton Wrestling Club, 50kg; Bronwyn MacGregor, Brock Wrestling Club, 62kg; Natalie Vecchio, Hamilton Wrestling Club, 65kg, and Clarissa Agostini, Team Discipline, 68kg.
Winning the Junior women’s Club Team Award was Saskatoon Wrestling Club, with 28 points, edging out Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club and Hamilton Wrestling Club who each finished with 25 points. Saskatoon featured a pair of gold medalists with Caitlin Clatney winning the 59kg and Myah Phillips winning the 76kg weight classes.
For her performance, Clatney was recognized as the Most Outstanding Wrestler for the Junior women.
As for the Junior men, it was also Ontario that earned the Provincial Team Award. They capped a strong day and finished with a total of 72 points, good enough to top British Columbia who finished with 44 points. Ontario had an impressive six gold medalists including: Treye Trotman, London-Western Wrestling Club, 57kg; Blayne Helou, Hamilton Wrestling Club, 61kg; Nathan Hunyady, Guelph Wrestling Club, 65kg; Amaan Gulacha, Brock Wrestling Club, 74kg; Zaur Arsagov, Team Impact Wrestling Club, 86kg; and Karanveer Mahil, Hamilton Wrestling Club, 125kg.
Thanks to the gold medals by Helou and Mahil, the men’s Club Team Award went to Hamilton Wrestling Club who tallied 30 points. That was three points better than second place Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club.
The Junior Most Outstanding Wrestler went Nathan Rainville, from Patriotes de St-Césaire, who captured gold in the 70kg weight class.
For full results, by weight classes, visit the tournament site.
Photos from the Canadian Wrestling Championships can be found here.
Tomorrow, the Senior men and women are in action and there will be a lot at stake. Winning wrestlers not only earn a spot on the Pan-American and World Championships team, but they will also qualify for the Pan-American Games and will be in prime position heading to the Canadian Team Trials, later this year in Edmonton, where Olympic berths will be on the line. Wrestling begins at 10:00 a.m. If you are in the area, spectators are welcome to attend. Tickets are available at the door. The event will also be streamed on WCL’s YouTube Channel.
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