Manheet Kahlon, Nishanpreet Randhawa, Ajay Gill win gold in junior championships
2015 Senior Freestyle Champions were crowned at the ASICS Junior / Senior Canadian Wrestling Championships, at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, last week after athletes fought hard to earn the opportunity to represent Canada internationally as national team members and in Toronto at this summer’s Pan American Games.
Quite a few South Asian wrestlers won medals. In the senior championships:
* Gurjot Kooner (Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club – BMWC) won the silver medal in the 125 kg weight category.
* Arjun Gill (BMWC) won the silver medal and Manjot Sandhu (BMWC) won the bronze medal in the 97 kg weight category.
In the junior championships, the gold medal in the three top weight categories went to South Asian wrestlers:
* Manheet Kahlon (BMWC) won the gold medal and Sunny Narwal (Akhara, Ontario) won the bronze i n the 120 kg weight category.
* Nishanpreet Randhawa (BMWC) won the gold medal in the 96 kg weight category.
* Ajay Gill (BMWC) won the gold medal and Joban Phulka (Hamilton, Ontario) won the bronze medal in the 84 kg weight category.
* Also, Jaskarn Ranu (Bears WC, Alberta) won a bronze medal in the 74 kg weight category.
“Wrestling Canada Lutte is proud to be a sport on the 2015 Pan Am Games program, an event highlighted within the Government of Canada’s Year of Sport,” says Wrestling Canada Lutte Executive Director Tamara Medwidsky. “The 2015 Championships saw Canada’s senior champions crowned in eight men’s and eight women’s weight-classes, with great competition supported by an appreciative Brock University crowd.”
In addition to the 2015 Pan American Games, on the line was 2015 Senior World Championship representation and the Canadian Wrestling Team Trials in December in Strathcona. The Team Trial winners will be nominated to represent Canada through the qualification process for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Wrestling Canada Lutte will be confirming final senior team members and the 2015 Pan Am team in the coming weeks.