Gold medals from siblings Karla and Ana Godinez Gonzalez highlighted a strong showing from the UFV Cascades wrestling program at the Alberta Golden Bears Invitational in Edmonton on Saturday.
Cascades sophomore Karla Godinez Gonzalez moved up a weight class from 55 kg to 59 kg and was unfazed, going undefeated.
Ana Godinez Gonzalez, Karla’s younger sister, made her Canada West debut after a leg injury sidelined her for most of the fall semester. The rookie emerged triumphant in the 63 kg division.
“They’re two of the hardest-working wrestlers I’ve seen in a long time,” Cascades head coach Raj Virdi said. “They’re always ready to learn, and they ask questions – that’s why you’re seeing them have so much success early in their careers. A lot of World and Olympic champions come out of U Sports, and they’re having great success already.”
The Cascades also had five individual medalists on the men’s side.
Parker McBride (54 kg) and Jacob Torres (61 kg) both won silver in their respective divisions.
Freshman Karan Dhillon (72 kg), sophomore Amtoj Dhaliwal (90 kg) and third-year Brad Hildenbrandt (120 kg) all took home bronze medals.
Team-wise, the Cascades men finished third overall and the UFV women were fourth.
The next big event on the horizon for UFV wrestling program is their home tourney, the Cascades Classic, which runs Jan. 28 at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre.