Wrestlers prep for provincials in Duncan

Reynolds secondary has two things most Greater Victoria schools don’t: a place to train, and willing coaches.

Carlton Cochran

Reynolds secondary has the smallest wrestling team in town.

But it has two things most Greater Victoria schools don’t: a place to train, and willing coaches.

Because of that, they were able to host members of the only other teams, Esquimalt High and the school district Victoria Bulldogs, for training last week.

“The room could be bigger, but I’m not complaining,” said Reynolds coach Michael Cappus.

The former CIS champion came from wrestling-mad Alberni district secondary and competed for Simon Fraser University. He happens to be in town furthering his education at Camosun College and has linked up with previous Reynolds coach Josh Brakefield, a recent grad who has been instrumental in keeping the program running. They are guiding the school’s few but committed wrestlers.

“There are some more wrestlers on the team, but only the three going to provincials are still training, so this is it,” Cappus said.

Representing Reynolds at the provincial high school wrestling championships in Duncan this week, Feb. 28 and March 1, are Grade 12s Amir Harati and the Aquino brothers, Peter and Paul.

Visiting Reynolds to sharpen up for provincials were Esquimalt wrestlers Carlton Cochran and Mitchell Keeping and Oak Bay High’s John Fayad, a member of the Bulldogs.

All six have had success at tournaments and are contenders to podium in Duncan.

At the recent Island championships in Ucluelet, the Aquino brothers ended up facing each other for gold in the 63-kilogram category, with Peter getting the edge. Paul attempted to cut weight so as to compete in a different category, but it just didn’t quite happen, he said. In that case, they could end up wrestling for gold again this week.

Cochran (84kgs) and Fayad (60kgs) also won gold at Islands. Harati (66kgs) and Keeping (70kgs) were fourth.

All wrestlers, regardless of club, have to compete for their school at provincials. Even if it doesn’t have a team.

That goes for Nolan Mitchell, a Grade 10 student at Claremont secondary. As the No. 1 seed in the 45kgs class, he is the South Island’s biggest threat to win.

But Mitchell’s case is different. Thanks to a committed family and his obliging work ethic, he has benefitted from weekly commutes to train with the Cowichan wrestling club.

“The biggest barrier this season has been getting (Reynolds wrestlers) into tournaments,” Cappus said.

“That’s where you learn and improve. But not everyone can’t afford the costs. We have the quality, we just need the quantity.”

sports@vicnews.com

Just Posted

View Royal Park sign taken down after glitch redirects to pornographic website

Resident looking to learn more about workout equipment discovered the problem code

Saanich pedestrian incidents reflect recent trends

76% of crashes involving pedestrians happen at intersections

Two people rescued after falling from lifeboat at Ogden Point

Crew members of the Explorer of the Seas cruise ship fell into the water Thursday night

Online blasting video helps ease Sooke residents concerns

Complaints of dust ongoing since 2017

Junior A Shamrocks teeter on brink of elimination

Junior B Tier 1 team has moved on to the semifinals

BC Games’ Athletes Corner: What’s your favourite pump up song?

Check out what’s playing in the earbuds of BC Summer Games athletes before they compete

Crosswalk vandalism leaves black mark for Cowichan as B.C. Games begin

Rainbow crosswalk defaced just days after being painted

Photo gallery: BC Games Day 1

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Anti-pipeline campers digging in as eviction deadline expires

The City of Burnaby had ordered the Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters out for violating bylaws

Trump was taped talking of paying Playboy model: AP source

Source says former personal lawyer Michael Cohen secretly recorded discussion prior to 2016 election

BC toddler with ‘allergy’ to sun waiting for bone marrow transplant

Charlie Lock, 2, needs treatment for damage caused by rare disorder EPP

Black Press videographer to direct full-length feature, wins Telefilm grant worth $125,000

Arnold Lim to expand story of All-In Madonna with writer Susie Winters, producer Ana de Lara

Five fun things to do this weekend

From a paint in to festivals, there are lots of fun events taking place this weekend

VIDEO: How to throw a frisbee

Ultimate frisbee player Amy Mackay shows off the proper technique

Most Read