University of the Fraser Valley wrestler Manheet Kahlon earned a silver medal at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national championships, hosted by the University of Alberta in Edmonton on the weekend.
Kahlon, competing in the men’s heavyweight (120 kg) division, battled his way to the final, where he fell to Kyle Nguyen of the Winnipeg Wesmen, last year’s CIS silver medalist.
Kahlon and Nguyen have had quite a rivalry this season. Kahlon won their first three meetings, at the Calgary Dinos Classic, the University of Alberta’s Golden Bear Open and UFV’s own Cascades Classic. But Nguyen emerged victorious at both the Canada West and CIS championships.
“It was a good rivalry,” noted Kahlon, a first-year varsity wrestler from Surrey. “Towards the end (of the year), I’m not sure what happened. The results just weren’t in my favour.
“But I’m a first-year student, so it was pretty good (to win national silver). I still have three or four years ahead of me, and I’m hoping for gold in the future.”
Fellow UFV wrestler Brad Hildenbrandt also attended the CIS nationals, and he grappled his way to a 1-3 record in the 90 kg men’s class, good for fifth place.
“I feel I could have done better, but I guess for my first year, it wasn’t bad,” said Hildenbrandt, who was coming off a silver-medal performance at the Canada West championships. “It was good to get experience at a higher level of competition than I’m used to, with people from all across Canada, not just Canada West.”
“What a tremendous accomplishment for these talented wrestlers,” Cascades interim athletic director Chris Bertram said. “The UFV Athletics department is proud of Manheet and Brad for their accomplishments this entire season and their strong showing at the CIS national championships.”