• Friday, February 8, 2019
  • 10:00 AM
  • Abbotsford, UFV - Envision Athletics Centre

Wrestling teams look for back-to-back CW titles this weekend

Golden Bears and Pandas head to Abbotsford looking to repeat as conference champs

By Canada West Communications on February 6, 2019

ABBOTSFORD – Grapplers from across the conference are headed to the Envision Financial Athletic Centre in Abbotsford, B.C., for the 2019 Canada West Wrestling Championships, being hosted for the first time by the University of the Fraser Valley, Feb. 8 and 9.

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With its deepest roster ever, UFV is targeting its best performance in its five-year history of Canada West competition, while Alberta aims to repeat its sweep from last year, when the Bears won a second consecutive men’s title and the Pandas took the women’s crown. Calgary is looking to build momentum ahead of hosting the 2019 U SPORTS Wrestling Championships later this month, and Saskatchewan wants to bring home plenty of hardware, as medals will be handed out in 11 men’s and eight women’s weight classes over two days of inspired competition.

The host Cascades feature defending U SPORTS gold medalists Brad Hildenbrandt and Parker McBride, last year’s national Rookie of the Year, along with two-time 120 kg reigning national champion Cascade Hildenbrandt, as well as Ana Godinez Gonzalez, the 2018 Canada West Rookie of the Year.

Alberta boasts experienced veterans who have been at the top of their sport for years, with seniors such as Krystin Paquette, a three-time conference championship medalist, and Marcus Peterson, a two-time medal winner at this event and Canada West’s 2017 Male Wrestler of the Year.

The 2018-19 Canada West wrestling season began in October with Calgary hosting competition, and continued through meets in Saskatoon and Edmonton, before culminating with the Cascades Classic in Abbotsford. Alberta, Calgary, Fraser Valley and Saskatchewan have all spent the duration of the season ranked in the U SPORTS top 10, with both Alberta teams peaking at No. 1.

The Canada West men’s wrestling championship was first awarded in 1972-73, when the Golden Bears won their first of a record 11 conference titles. The women’s championship was introduced in 1999-2000, with Calgary coming out on top.

Top performers from the Canada West Championships will go on to the 2019 U SPORTS Wrestling Championships, in Red Gym at the University of Calgary campus, Feb. 22 – 23.

WOMEN’S SCHEDULE

All rounds will be streamed on Canada West TV.

Friday, Feb. 8
Rnd. 1 (mat 1): UFV vs. CGY – 7 p.m.
Rnd. 1 (mat 2): ALB vs. SSK – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9

Rnd. 2 (mat 1): UFV vs. SSK – 11 a.m.
Rnd. 2 (mat 2): ALB vs. CGY – 11 a.m.
Rnd. 3 (mat 1): UFV vs. ALB – 2 p.m.

Rnd. 3 (mat 2): SSK vs. CGY – 2 p.m.
 

MEN’S SCHEDULE
All rounds will be streamed on Canada West TV.

Friday, Feb. 8
Rnd. 1 (mat 1): UFV vs. CGY – 8 p.m.
Rnd. 1 (mat 2): ALB vs. SSK – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9
Rnd. 2 (mat 1): UFV vs. SSK – 12 p.m.
Rnd. 2 (mat 2): ALB vs. CGY – 12 p.m.
Rnd. 3 (mat 1): UFV vs. ALB – 3 p.m.

Rnd. 3 (mat 2): SSK vs. CGY – 3 p.m.
 

TEAM PREVIEWS - ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS AND PANDAS

2018 CW finish: Men - 1st / Women - 1st

2018 U SPORTS finish: Men – 3rd / Women – 2nd

Last CW championship / total CW championships: Men – 2018 (11) / Women – 2018 (4)

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: Men – 2013 (4) / Women – 2011 (1)

Number of competitors: 20 total (12 men, 8 women) 

Returning CW gold medalists

Men: Jordan Wong – 54kg / Aidan McKeage – 76kg / Nicholas Goleniec – 82kg
Women: Krystin Paquette – 59kg


Key additions:

Men:
Mitch Clarke - 90 kg
Tyler Duguid - 120 kg 
Harris Valdes - 54 kg

Women:
April Robin Martinig / 54 kg
Katie Mulkay - 67 kg 
Emma Olson - 72 kg 

Key performer:

Jordan Wong
2nd-year
Calgary, AB 

If the Golden Bears are to repeat as Canada West champions, and vie for a fifth U SPORTS title, sophomore Jordan Wong will need to be as dominant as he was during his rookie season. 

In 2017/18, Wong captured four tournament gold medals, including the 54 kg gold at the Canada West Championship. The CW Male Rookie of the Year went on to capture a U SPORTS silver medal, leading the Bears to a national bronze medal. 

This season, Wong already has two gold and one bronze medal, and will be the favourite in the 54 kg weight class in Abbottsford.