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.

2015 Cadet & Juvenile Nationals Results
Team Capilano, 2015 National Championships

This year's representative of the Capilano Wrestling Club at Canada's National Juvenile and Cadet Championships held in Fredericton, New Brunswick, were James Sutherland (63 kg.), Hamish Pye (63 kg.), Karah Bulaqui (40 kg.), Siobhan Stipec (60 kg.), Amara Jarvinen (65 kg.), and Serena Woldring (80 kg.). The accompanying coaches were Kate Walker and Mike McDonald.

Champs!Amara Jarvinen, Karah Bulaqui, Marlena Woldring
Champs!Amara Jarvinen, Karah Bulaqui, Marlena Woldring

All six of our wrestlers placed top six in their respective weight classes and age divisions in the Freestyle portion of the tournament! Sutherland was second, Pye was fifth, and Bulaqui first in the Juvenile (U18) tournament, while Jarvinen and Woldring were first and Stipec fourth in the Cadet (U16) tournament.

Even with our limited number of entries ( after all Fredericton is a long way from Vancouver and expensive to get to), Capilano placed third as a team in the Cadet Girls category.

Moreover, both Bulaqui and Jarvinen also won the FILA Cadet (U17) championships, which gives them the right to represent Canada at the FILA Cadet World Championships in Sarajevo, Bosnia, in August! This is the second FILA Cadet title for Karah Bulaqui, while for Grade 9 student Amara Jarvinen, this is her first title.

This has proven to be quite the breakout year for the 65 kilos Jarvinen, as she also won her first B.C. High School championship in February, representing Windsor Secondary School. She has done her Finnish heritage proud as she exhibited plenty of "sisu" throughout the wrestling season.

In the Greco-Roman tournament, Woldring was second, Stipec was third, while Sutherland was fifth.

All in all the coaches were very happy with the tournament results, which keeps Capilano wrestling on the National map.

A shout-out finally to Mike Lidstone, former Carson Graham Secondary and Capilano coach, whose RCMP career has taken him back home to Nova Scotia; our team got to know and socialized with the blue-nosers Mike brought to the National Championships and supported each other throughout the tournament.

James Sutherland (red) vs. Christophe Coles (Alberta)
James Sutherland (red) vs. Christophe Coles (Alberta)
Brandy Perry has a solid year at University of Alberta

Carson Graham and Capilano Wrestling Club wrestler, Brandy Perry, highlighted on the Coast Reporter talking about her first year experience at University of Alberta:


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.


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