The Comox Valley wrestlers made a triumphant return to the mat at the QMS Christmas Classic Tournament in Duncan this Saturday, marking the start of the season for the elementary division with a spectacular show of skill and sportsmanship.
In an event that saw ten wrestlers from the team clinch gold in their respective divisions, the tournament was further enlivened by a unique feature bout between characters dressed as the Grinch and Santa Claus. The festive match concluded with Santa securing a victory in the first period, much to the delight and thunderous applause of the audience.
Leading the victory march, Kane Acton and Max Korthuis of Cumberland once again demonstrated their prowess by securing titles in their divisions. They were joined by Kylie Cameron-Patterson from Vanier, along with first-time tournament participants Unya Hollmayer and Jacob Price from Vanier, who also claimed gold medals.
Adding to her accolades, Unya Hollmayer showcased her remarkable talent by winning her weight class at the SFU War on the Floor on Sunday, qualifying her for multiple BC and National events later in the season.
The elementary division was not far behind in their achievements. Huband Park Elementary celebrated a successful outing, with Inga Hollmayer, Thea Spragg, and Mathew Martin emerging as champions. Lily Martin added to Huband’s medal tally with a silver. Puntledge Park Elementary’s Oscar Stehura clinched first place, while Abel Emery fought hard to earn a silver medal. Stella and Helen Stehura from Aspen Park Elementary rounded out the winners, taking home second and third place honors respectively.
The Comox Valley Wrestlers are now gearing up for their next challenge as they prepare to compete at the Discovery Cup in Vancouver on Saturday, December 16. This event will be their first mainland wrestling competition of the season, setting the stage for what promises to be an exciting series of matches before the holiday break.