SIX NATIONS — This past weekend two Six Nations athletes travelled to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to compete in the Canada East Youth Wrestling Championships. The Canada East competition is the highest level of wrestling for grades one through eight and is considered the National Championship for Youth Wrestling in Canada.
Aysen and Kaidyn Lickers who have been wrestling for four years represented the Discipline Wrestling Club in the Kids and Novice divisions respectively. Aysen, who is in his first year in the Kids division wrestled well all tournament and received some very questionable calls during his bronze medal match vs. a competitor from P.E.I. The P.E.I official missed a four-point shoulder throw that would have given Lickers the match.
In the end, he gained valuable experience against older high-level wrestlers and came away with a 4th place finish.
Kaidyn, who is in his second year of the Novice division came into the tournament as the Ontario Champion and made the gold medal match vs. a grappler from New Brunswick. In the final Lickers went to work early quickly defeating his opponent 10-0 to have his hand raised as the National Champion. Kaidyn went 4-0 and outscored his opponents 42-2 throughout the tournament.
Aysen and Kaidyn will continue to train with the Discipline Wrestling Club in Stoney Creek until the new Discipline gym opens in Ancaster this summer. The new gym is expected to be bigger and will hopefully welcome more athletes from Six Nations who wish to try the sport of Wrestling.