Novice group looking good

Nick Zuback, with the prize wrestler of the Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club, Maegan Kuruvita. - Don Bodger/file
Nick Zuback, with the prize wrestler of the Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club, Maegan Kuruvita.
— image credit: Don Bodger/file

There’s some great young wrestlers coming up through the ranks in the Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club.

The island novice tournament at Esquimalt was proof of that, with several first-timers and relative newcomers earning high placings. “You’re looking at your first- and second-year wrestlers at most,’’ said coach Nick Zuback. “It’s a great one for new kids.’’

CVWC had 21 members in the competition and 17 earned medals.

Standouts on the junior side included Andrea Morris, who earned gold in 46-kilogram girls in her first tournament.

Rowan Gillard is only in Grade 4, but wrestled in the 38-kg division with kids in Grades 6 through 8 and finished second. “He’s going to be one to watch in the next few years, for sure,’’ said Zuback.

Ian Tuck, a Cowichan club member who’s from Nanaimo, came first in 45 kg while Conner Smith was second in 51 kg and Jacob Berry-Mckechnie took second in the 57 kg class in his first-ever event.

“It’s nice to see when a wrestler wins his first match,’’ said Zuback.

Dylan Pilon won the 76-kg senior event and Ayden Claus, who never won a match last year, topped the 69-kg field. “He was so pumped after he won a match and he kept on going and won gold,’’ said Zuback.

Cowichan finished first in the junior boys' standings with 65 points and third in girls with 16.

The club is hosting its annual meet Saturday at Cowichan Secondary School.

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