UPDATE: The 2020 Western Canada Wrestling Club Championships have been cancelled.
According to organizer Nick Zuback of the Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club, 12 teams withdrew from the event on Wednesday morning because of concerns over COVID-19, and after consultation with other stakeholders, the decision was made to cancel it. The event may be postponed until later this year or rescheduled for 2021.
Wrestlers from across the four western provinces will gather in the Cowichan Valley this weekend for an event that will be the first of its kind.
This Friday and Saturday, the Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club and head coach Nick Zuback are hosting the 2020 Western Canada Wrestling Club Championships at Brentwood College School’s Foote Athletic Centre.
“The goal of this tournament is to bring some of the best clubs, wrestlers and coaches together to compete in a high level multi-age and multi-gender tournament in preparation for the Canadian National Championships and, more importantly, further develop our local, provincial, national and international athletes,” the event brochure explains.
Wrestlers of all ages will compete in elementary, U16, U19 and adult divisions, each with multiple weight classes.
Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club athletes typically represent their schools in competition during the season, while training with the club. This will give them a chance to compete under the club banner as a team representing the Cowichan Valley.
U17 and U19 wrestlers at the event this weekend will be preparing for the Canadian championships and national cadet trials in Edmonton on April 3-5.