The University of the Fraser Valley wrestling program warmed up for its second-semester schedule by participating in a pair of local competitions.
From Dec. 28 to Jan. 4, the Cascades took part in SFU’s International Christmas Camp, which featured teams from the U.S. and Japan. Athletes took part in two-a-day practices, followed by matches on the final day of the camp.
A trio of UFV grapplers finished undefeated: reigning U SPORTS national champ Brad Hildenbrandt (3-0), Parker McBride (2-0) and Karla Godinez Gonzalez (3-0).
Other Cascade participants included Ana Godinez Gonzalez (2-1), Glaysia Sparling (2-1), Brittany Chiu (0-1), Karan Dhillon (2-1), Omar Rahguzar (1-1), Haseeb Javed (0-2) and Kamil Golowko (0-2).
On Thursday, the Cascades took a small group of men’s wrestlers to Bremerton, Wash. for matches against Grays Harbor College, Washington State University and Pacific Lutheran University. Hildenbrandt once again went undefeated, winning all three of his matches. In the words of UFV head coach Raj Virdi, “he looked unstoppable. He was wrestling like a lightweight. He was dominating from his feet, and once he took the wrestlers down.”
Cascades freshman Dhillon also had a strong showing, finishing with a 2-1 record against wrestlers several years older. Jacob Torres (0-1) had to pull out of the event due to injury.
The UFV wrestling program resumes its Canada West schedule next week, as they travel to Edmonton for the Golden Bear Invitational.