Indo-Canadian wrestlers shine in 2023 Canadian Wrestling Championships

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The 2023 Canadian Wrestling Championships (U19, U17, U15) opened up on March 24, from Canada Place in Vancouver with the U17 men and women and U15 women in action. It was a great turnout as fans of all ages came out to support the next generation of wrestlers.

The event featured many competitors that have already made a name for themselves. Guru Gobind Singh Wrestling Club took the limelight.

When all the matches were complete on day 1, it was British Columbia who took home the Provincial Team Award on the women’s side. They finished with an impressive haul of five gold medals in the division. As for the men, it was also British Columbia who captured the Provincial Team Award capturing eight gold medals.

Winning the U17 women’s Club Team Award was the Saskatoon Junior Huskies, with 23 points, edging out Coast Wrestling Academy, who finished second with 17. The Huskies featured a pair of gold medalists Avery Clatney in the 40kg weight class and Wren Bargen in the 57kg weight class.

On the men’s side, Guru Gobind Singh Wrestling Club topped the team standings with 23 points, narrowly beating Saskatoon Junior Huskies who finished with 22. Guru Gobind Singh finished with a trio of gold medalists Michealjeet Grewal at 92kg, Jagroop Dhinsa at 110kg, and Mehtab Rai at 125kg.

Based on winning gold in the 49kg weight class, Taranpreet Dhillon, from Canadian Mal, was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler on the women’s side. As for the men, the honour went to Ryan Dahcha who took gold in the 55kg weight class.

The U15 women’s division saw British Columbia take the Provincial Team Award. In total, B.C. had five gold medalists.

The Club Team Award went to Canadian Mal Wrestling Club, who tallied 15 points. That was three better than second place Warriors Wrestling Club. Canadian Mal featured two gold medalists in Gurleen Dhillon at 50kg and Tanya Sanghera at 80kg.

Canadian Mal’s Dhillon was also named the age group’s Most Outstanding Wrestler thanks to her gold-meal performance.

Day one was dominated by British Columbia athletes and clubs, so the rest of the field was looking to challenge that dominance on the second day.

At the end of day two it was British Columbia who took home the Provincial Team Award on the women’s side. They finished with an impressive haul of four gold medals in the division. As for the men, it was also BC who captured the Provincial Team Award also with four gold medals.

Winning the U19 women’s Club Team Award was Coast Wrestling Academy. Coast featured a pair of gold medalists in Ella Finding at 57kg and Marley Jackson at 61kg.

On the men’s side, Rustom Wrestling Club topped the team standings. Rustom had two gold medalists in Jastej Mundi at 92kg and Aykam Takhar at 125kg.

Annika Fines, from Dinos Wrestling Club, was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler on the women’s side, after winning gold in the 53kg weight class. As for the men, the honour went to Youssef ELshayeb, from the ROC, who took gold in the 65kg weight class.

The U15 men’s division saw British Columbia complete the sweep and take the Provincial Team Award. In total, British Columbia had eight gold medalists, winning gold in all but four weight classes.

The Club Team Award went to Guru Gobind Singh Wrestling Club, who featured two gold medalists in Gurshaan Kahlon at 52kg and Manjot Dhaliwal at 68kg.

The final day of the 2023 Canadian Wrestling Championships (U19, U17, U15) concluded from Canada Place in Vancouver on March 26 with Greco-Roman Wrestling for men and women in all three age groups.

The U19 Provincial awards went to British Columbia on both the men’s and women’s side. Awards for the Top Clubs were claimed by The ROC for the men and Saskatoon Junior Huskies for the women. Most Outstanding Wrestler awards were given to Joseph Breedlove, from Dinos Wrestling Club, who won the 80kg men’s weight class and TaebynTulp, from Saskatoon Junior Huskies, who took gold in the women’s 61kg. 

In the U17 age group, it was British Columbia who again took the top honours for both the men and women with the Provincial Team Awards. The Club Awards went to Guru Gobind Singh Wrestling Club for the men and Saskatoon Junior Huskies for the women. Zechariah Topping, from Saskatoon Junior Huskies, earned Most Outstanding Wrestler winning the men’s 51kg, while Page Veloso, from Alberta Women’s Elite Wrestling Club, won the women’s 65kg to claim Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Finally, in the U15 age group, British Columbia continued their dominance taking both Provincial Team Awards. The Club Team awards were won by Guru Gobind Singh Wrestling Club, for the men and Canadian Mal for the women. The Most Outstanding Wrestlers for the age group were Jermy Lynch, from Westsider Wrestling Club, who won the men’s 34kg weight class and Gurleen Dhillon, from Canadian Mal, who won gold in the women’s 50kg.