Welcome to the Capilano Wrestling Club

The Capilano Wrestling Club is a non-profit, volunteer organization, which promotes and coordinates Olympic Freestyle Wrestling across the North Shore of Vancouver's Lower Mainland. The Club seeks to work in cooperation with the elementary and high school programs in the region and helps to develop all levels of wrestling, from a Kids' Wrestling Program to those individuals with ambitions to achieve provincial, national or even international experience.

The Club normally practices Monday nights at 6 p.m. in the Small Gym at Carson Graham Secondary School in North Vancouver, beginning in early October and concluding in early April with the Canadian National Juvenile/Cadet Championships. Special events, such as preparing for the B.C. Summer Games or hosting visiting teams from around the world, also take place periodically outside this time frame, mostly in the Summer months.

Tragic Loss for our wrestling community - Dane Rive
The Capilano Wrestling Club would like to extend its sincerest condolences to the family of Dane Rive, and particularly to his parents, John and Fran Rive, and his younger brother, Brock Rive. Dane died in a tragic accident Wednesday, October 29, near his family's home in Pemberton Heights, North Vancouver. Dane was a superstar high school wrestler in his day, having been a two-time B.C. High School Champion (1999 and 2001) as well as a National Juvenile Champion in 2002. Dane is the only male wrestler in North Shore wrestling history to have been voted the Outstanding High School Wrestler in B.C., this highlight of his career taking place in 2001, during his Grade 11 year. Dane was a constant source of fun and playfully mischievious behaviour. He was always welcome at Club or School wrestling practices, especially if he was going to demonstrate his signature move, the "gabori." Dane will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace. Big hugs to his family and friends.
Dane Rive
2014 Cadet & Juvenile Nationals Results
The 2014 version of the Capilano Wrestling Club's trip to the 2014 National Cadet/Juvenile Championships in Guelph, Ontario, was comprised of 12 wrestlers and two coaches. Again, we had several outstanding podium finishes from our North Shore group of grapplers.

Coached by Kate Walker and Jamie Young the Capilano wrestlers turned heads once again on the national stage.

Leading the way were Oscar Bulaqui and his younger sister, Karah Bulaqui.

Oscar defended his national Juvenile title from 2013, winning the 50 kg. title this year. In the process he was attributed the Outstanding Wrestler (OW) award by the tournament's Executive Committee. This is the third time in the history of the Capilano Wrestling Club that one of our wrestlers has won this extremely prestigious award. The other two were Audrey Yap (1994) and Emily Richardson (1999). Oscar's triumph at the National Juvenile level was preceded by his championship gold medal at the 2013 Canada Summer Games, his win at the B.C. High School Championships for St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary (STA) in February, 2014, and, more importantly, his very impressive title at the Junior (U20) National Championships in early April this same year. Oscar now has the right to represent Canada at the 2014 Junior World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, in August. All of these successes means that Oscar Bulaqui has become the most titled Capilano wrestler in history! Well done! And we wish him well as he embarks on his university career as a varsity wrestler at SFU in the Fall.

Only in Grade 10 Karah Bulaqui is now a two-time National Cadet champion, winning the 40 kg. title this year and also the FILA Cadet trials. She now has the right to represent Canada at the 2014 FILA Cadet World Championships (U17) in Snina, Slovakia, this tournament also taking place in August. Karah was a silver medallist at the 2013 Canada Summer Games and like her older brother a 2014 B.C. High School champion for STA. But she still has two years to try and match her brother's on-mat successes. The challenge is on!

ImageNot to be outdone our other Capilano wrestlers also put on quite a show. In particular our Juvenile Girls won the team title in the first-ever National Greco-Roman tournament in Canadian history. Leading the way on this historic occasion were Brandy Perry (60 kg.) and Adrienne Iu (80 kg.) who both won gold, while Marlena Woldring was silver at 80 kg., losing to her teammate in the final. Alysha Monk, meanwhile, battled her way to a very credible fifth at 65 kg.

Other results:

Cadet Freestyle Boys: Joseph Huh, 5th at 58 kg.

Juvenile Freestyle Girls: Adrienne Iu, 3rd at 80 kg.

Juvenile Greco-Roman Boys: Oscar Bulaqui, 3rd at 50 kg.

Juvenile Greco-Roman Boys: Parsa Habibi, 6th at 63 kg.

Click here for more pictures from the 2014 Nationals.

2013 Cadet & Juvenile Nationals Results

2013 Cadet & Juvenile Nationals Results
The Capilano Wrestling Club took a contingent of "13 lucky wrestlers" to the National Juvenile/Cadet Championships April 4-7 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Club had six different schools represented amongst the athletes and an accompanying array of five parents and grandparents to cheer them on.

And, wow, did they have reason to cheer! Capilano came away with three individual champions and the the Juvenile Girls Championship title.

Moreover, for the first time in the history of the Capilano Wrestling Club we also had a brother-sister combo with each sibling winning their respective weight classes. Congratulations to both Karah and Oscar Bulaqui for their tremendous performances.

With his win, Oscar now has the right to represent Canada in August at the FILA Cadet World Championships in Zrenjanin, Serbia.

The Club's top three results are listed below:

First - Karah Bulaqui (40 kg. Cadet Girls).
First - Adrienne Iu (80 kg. Juvenile Girls).
First - Oscar Bulaqui (46 kg. Juvenile Boys).
First - Oscar Bulaqui (46 kg. FILA Cadet Trials).

Second - Ciarra DiSalle (49 kg. Cadet Girls).
Second - Alex Radcliff (70 kg. Juvenile Girls).
Second - Marlena Woldring (90 kg. Juvenile Girls).

Third - Kai Sackville-Hii (58 kg. Cadet Boys)

Click here for more pictures from the 2013 Nationals.

Cam Thorpe - Most Outstanding Junior Development Coach 2010/2011
Our very own Cam Thorpe was recently declared as the Most Outstanding Junior Development Coach for the 2010/2011 season by the B.C. Wrestling Association.  This award was to recognize his work with the Capilano Mat Rats and Capilano Mat Mice wrestling programs.  Congratulations Cam!

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