The top high school wrestlers from across the province will be competing this weekend in the British Columbia Secondary Schools Wrestling Association Championships (BCSSWA) at the Ag Rec Centre.
More than 500 athletes and 100 coaches will participate in the three-day event, which is hosted by W.J. Mouat Secondary, Mid Valley Athletic Club and the Abbotsford wrestling community and sanctioned by BC School Sports and the BC Wrestling Association.
This is the 10th time Mouat wrestling coach Jim Mitchell has chaired the high school provincials in Abbotsford.
“It’s exciting,” Mitchell said about hosting the provincial championships.
Mitchell noted that Abbotsford has traditionally been a hotbed of high school wrestling talent, and this year is no exception.
Abbotsford Traditional Secondary has had several first-place finishes at tournaments in the 2014-15 season, most recently a first-place finish at the Fraser Valley qualifier, where Mouat finished second. In the 2014 provincials, the Mouat Hawks boys’ team placed second. Rick Hansen also has a strong wrestling tradition.
Here are just a few of the local wrestlers to watch for at this year’s provincials:
School Name Weight Class
ATSS Jagmeet Klair 48 kg
ATSS Jaskaran Khela 51 kg
ATSS Navi Gill 74 kg
ATSS Austin Gurm 78 kg
ATSS Harman Rakhra 78 kg
ATSS Amtoj Dhaliwal 84 kg
ATSS Tanjot Khalon 84 kg
ATSS Yauraj Tatla 38 kg
RHSS Toor, Navdeep 51 kg
RHSS Parman Basra 70 kg
WJMS Pravi Dhaliwal 60 kg
WJMS Juliana Carter 64 kg
WJMS Aksh Sunday 45 kg
WJMS Navrose Brar 48 kg
WJMS Pavan Sangha 54 kg
WJMS Davinder Gill 63 kg
WJMS Dilpreet Randhawa 63 kg
WJMS Mickey Khehira 90 kg
WJMS Nishan Randhawa 100 kg
Yale Eknoor Bajwa 60 kg
– Friday, Feb. 27., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., preliminary bouts
– Sat., Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to noon, championship placement bouts
– Sat., Feb. 28, 2 to 6 p.m., championship finals
*Finals tickets are $10 at the door or $5 if purchased in advance at the W. J. Mouat secondary main office. All other matches are free.