PHSS wrestler Quinton Wamiss tries to escape a head-and-shoulder hold by teammate Dusty Cadwallader as the two practice Monday for next week's Provincial Championships.

Medal wins earn championship berths

Port Hardy Secondary School wrestlers Graeme Wiggins, Dusty Cadwallader and Quinton Wamiss each earned silver medals

Port Hardy Secondary School wrestlers Graeme Wiggins, Dusty Cadwallader and Quinton Wamiss each earned silver medals and provincial championship berths during the Vancouver Island High School Wrestling Championships, held last week at Dover Bay Secondary in Nanaimo.

The three were among seven PHSS grapplers who competed in the Island tournament.

Cadwallader, Wamiss and Wiggins will travel to compete in the Feb. 23-25 B.C. High School Championships in Penticton.

“All the wrestlers wrestled great,” PHSS coach Joe Humphrey said.

“Some of the weight classes were more difficult than others, but it was a good tournament.”

Wiggins, seeded third at 78-kg, reached the finals before falling to defending champ and likely provincial favourite Colin Hines of Alberni Valley.

Cadwallader, seeded second at 90-kg, also made it to the championship match and lost by decision to top-seeded Gobind Singh-Sall of Cowichan.

“Dusty’s match was much closer than most people anticipated,” said Humphrey.

“He almost upset the No. 1 seed.”

Wamiss, a Grade 9 student in just his second year of wrestling, reached the 110-over kg final and took silver to qualify for provincials as a junior.

Also competing at the Island Championships were David Darnell in the 63-kg class, and Mitchell Walker, Jack Van Graven and Liam Scott, all at 66-kg.

“That was probably the toughest weight class,” Humphrey said of the 66-kg bracket.

“There were more than 16 wrestlers competing for four (provincial) spots, and all three of our guys are in their first year of wrestling.”

It’s been a busy past month for the PHSS program. Three weeks ago, the team traveled to the Campbell River Invitational, where Wamiss won gold, Wiggins claimed silver and Cadwallader and Van Graven each won bronze medals.

The following week the team traveled to the Alberni Valley Invitational, a high-calibre meet Humphrey described as a virtual provincial preview. Wamiss won bronze and Cadwallader and Wiggins both earned podium spots with top-6 finishes.

 

Just Posted

North Island Bantam Eagles rebound from first loss with two big wins at home

The Eagles took down the top ranked Tier 1 Comox Valley Chiefs 5-3 on Sunday at the Chilton Arena.

LETTER: Woss helps out in time of need

“I just wanted to acknowledge the wonderful people we met in Woss”

Northbound lanes re-open along Malahat after small rockslide near Goldstream

Drivers asked to use caution, clean-up crews have finished on-site

VIDEO: North Island man trapped under ATV for days shows promise at Victoria hospital

Out of induced coma, 41-year-old is smiling, squeezing hands and enjoying sunshine

Crime on the rise? Here’s Port Hardy RCMP’s third quarter report for 2019

The Port Hardy RCMP has so far opened 3,349 files in 2019, with only the fourth quarter left.

Cold, stormy winter forecast across much of Canada, The Weather Network predicts

In British Columbia temperatures will be slightly above normal and precipitation will be just below normal

VIDEO: North Island Atom Eagles run over Campbell River B Tyees

The Eagles won their first league play game of the season 7-0 against the Tyees.

VIDEO: North Island Peewee Eagles keep winning streak alive, outwork Victoria Admirals

The Eagles have now won five straight league play games to start the regular season.

UPDATED: Vancouver Island’s Joe gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty case

Melissa Tooshley expected in court on Thursday in same case

Nineteen boats carrying invasive mussels stopped at B.C. borders

Waters of Columbia-Shuswap still test mussel-free

Woman ‘horrified’ after being told to trek 200 kilometres home from Kamloops hospital

‘I can’t get from Kamloops back to 100 Mile House injured, confused… no shoes, no clothes whatsoever’

Canadian universities encourage exchange students in Hong Kong to head home

UBC said 11 of its 32 students completing programs in Hong Kong have already left

Midget no more: Sweeping division name changes coming to minor hockey in Canada

Alpha-numeric division names will be used for the 2020-2021 season and beyond

B.C. pushes for greater industry ‘transparency’ in gasoline pricing

Legislation responds to fuel price gap of up to 13 cents

Most Read