‘The best of the best’

Prince Albert Wrestling Club wrestlers Ashley Tait and Kalin Langford won bronze medals at the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association Championships in Windsor, Ont. over the weekend. (Photo courtesy Roxanne Richards)

Prince Albert Wrestling Club wins two medals at national competition

Prince Albert Wrestling Club (PAWC) wrestler Kalin Langford has won his club’s first men’s national medal in freestyle wrestling in more than a decade.

Langford took the bronze at the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association (CAWA) Championships this past weekend in Windsor, Ont.

“That’s the first freestyle medal that P.A. has got at nationals for almost 20 years so it was a huge accomplishment,” PAWC manager Roxanne Richards said.

“He was hoping to get Top 4, that was his goal, but for him to get a bronze, he was pretty satisfied. He actually made some moves in his bronze medal match that he’s never done before which made it even more interesting to watch.”

The PAWC brought eight athletes to the competition, two 17- and 18-year-old Juveniles and six 15- to 16-year-old Cadets. None of the wrestlers had ever competed at the CAWA nationals before.

“As soon as the kids walked in there I think they realized that they were stepping into a different world because it is the best of the best,” Richards said.

“I think the two Grade 12s, Trevor (Bannerman) and Kalin, I think they were hopeful that they would possibly medal but it was still a new experience for all of them so they didn’t really know what to expect till they got there.”

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