The mats were packed at the BC high school wrestling championships in Abbotsford this weekend, with 106 schools competing for provincial glory.
Home-mat advantage proved to be a real thing for a handful of local grapplers, who earned high marks at the event.
The team competition saw the Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School Titans come within one point of first place for the second straight year. The Titans finished the event with 46 points, just shy of the winner New Westminster.
Although ATSS had relatively few wrestlers, they all did very well winning one gold and two silver medals. Of ATSS’s six wrestlers, Austin Gurm won a gold medal in the 84 kilogram class, Amtoj Dhaliwal won silver in the 84 kg class, Tanjot Kahlon won the silver in the 90 kg class and Jasdeep Dhillon placed fourth in the 51 kg class.
Also winning their respective divisions were: Rick Hansen Secondary School’s Pawandeep Khinda (boys heavyweight), RHSS’s Navdeep Toor (boys 57 kg) and Eugene Reimer Middle School’s Ravdeep Toor (boys 48 kg).
Other locals with top three finishes included: W.J. Mouat’s Akash Sund (second, boys 51 kg), Mouat’s Pavan Sangha (third, boys 57 kg), Yale Secondary’s Eknoor Bajwa (second, boys 60 kg), Mouat’s Dilpreet Randhawa (third, boys 70 kg) and Mouat’s Jade Trolland (third, girls 57 kg).
RHSS placed seventh in the boys team category, with Mouat finishing eighth. Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Collegiate won the girls division. The most outstanding wrestlers at the event were Brookswood’s Trevor Weltzin (boys) and Mission’s Alexia Seal (girls).
Outstanding matches honours went to STMC’s Caileen Corbet versus St. Thomas Aquinas’ Karah Bulaqui for the girls, and Pinetree’s Nick Lew versus Langley Christian Secondary School’s Braden Conrad for the boys.