National debut

Prince Albert Wrestling Club wrestler Kalin Langford (in blue) once attended a national tournament as a spectator. This weekend he is competing at the national level for the first time. (Photo courtesy Roxanne Richards)

Prince Albert Wrestling Club members get first taste of national competition

The Prince Albert Wrestling Club (PAWC) is in Windsor, Ont. this weekend to face off against the best wrestlers in the country.

Aside from one P.A. wrestler who once attended the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association Championships as a spectator, this will be a completely new experience for the team.

“None of these guys have ever competed at nationals. Not one of them,” club manager Roxanne Richards said.

“(Wrestler) Kalin (Langford) went to nationals and watched the year he broke his leg. He was supposed to go but he broke his leg but we had flights so we just went anyways. So he’s the only one who has actually experienced what nationals looks like but none of these kids that we’re taking have ever competed at nationals so this’ll be new for all of them.”

Although they may lack national experience, the PAWC is heading into the competition following a strong performance at the Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association provincial tournament in Saskatoon this past weekend. The club brought nine members and eight of them won medals.

“This is like a warm-up for nationals because it just gives them more mat time, it gives them more competition time. But nationals is tough. It’s the best in the country,” Richards said.

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