Talon Hird and Stephanie Mould were honoured as the Most Outstanding Wrestlers as the Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club celebrated another successful season by handing out several awards at its annual banquet in the Ramada Duncan earlier this month.
Both wrestlers also won the CWVC’s Heart Award, and Hird shared the Inspirational/Leadership Award with Hannah Tuplin.
Hird won his second consecutive provincial championship at the B.C. meet in Salmon Arm at the beginning of March, while Mould was named Wrestler of the Meet at two separate competitions and won a bronze at provincials.
Other nominees for Most Outstanding Wrestler were Owen McKenzie and Ashton Combdon on the boys’ side, and Tuplin and Andrea Morris on the girls side.
Joining Hird and Mould as Heart Award nominees were Combdon, Tony Anderson, Morris and Tuplin.
Nominated alongside Hird and Tuplin for the Inspirational/Leadership Award were Ryan Kuruvita, Aidan Tuplin, Morris and Mould.
Aidan Tuplin and Morris shared the Sportsmanship Award, where the other nominees were Combdon, Anderson, Mould and Hanah Tuplin.
The Most Improved Wrestlers were Anderson and Miaya Brownbridge, who edged out fellow nominees Damien Blaney, Owen McKenzie, Hayley Bye-Pace and Rosie Klatt-Leblanc.
Rookies of the Year were Combdon and Nadja Swartz, with Caleb Fraser, Dylan Battye, Klatt-Leblanc and Chloe Foster also picking up nominations.
Aiden Dyer-Price was presented with the award for Most Outstanding Match, edging out Hird and McKenzie. Raylene Pace was named Volunteer of the Year.
Graduating wrestlers Anderson, Ryan Kuruvita and Andrea Morris were also recognized.
The season is not yet over for the CVWC, as eight wrestlers from the club will travel to Windsor, Ont. this weekend for the national championships.