Guildford grapplers grab the gold
A pair of gold medals helped the Guildford Park Sabres to a second consecutive team title at the War on the Floor high school wrestling tournament at Simon Fraser University last month.
Yakdahn Al-Rekabi and OC Safar were winners in their respective weight classes, helping Guildford Park top the men’s standings as well as finishing first overall.
Al-Rekabi defeated the defending provincial and national champion Gurjot Kooner of Rick Hansen Secondary in the 110 kg. class, while Safar remained unbeaten in two years with a win in the 54 kg. category, which was contested by 13 wrestlers.
Three other male wrestlers from Guildford Park collected silver medals. Satinder Virk, who moved up a weight class, was second in the 90 kg. group, losing to Manjot Sandhu of Lord Tweedsmuir in the final.
Zanah Palani lost a close final to Mike Cappus from Port Alberni in the 63 kg. class, while Lawrence Kasseberi won his silver at 41 kg., beaten for the gold by Kukhan Chahal of Queen Elizabeth.
Gina Carpenter of Guildford Park, a gold medalist at the Western Canada Games last summer, captured a silver medal in the female 57 kg. class.
Just missing the medal podium with fourth place finishes were Guildford Park wrestlers Isaac Bernard in the 48 kg. class, and Zain Hussain in the 130 kg. group.
The Enver Creek Cougars placed sixth in the men’s standings, paced by the gold medal effort of Jas Basra in the 66 kg. class. Enver Creek wrestlers placing fourth were Brian Tran (51 kg.), Gurtej Bhatti (78 kg.) and Amanvir Basra (84 kg.).
Female wrestlers from Surrey schools finishing in the top five included Justina DiStacio of Princess Margaret, who won bronze in the 64 kg. class, and Elisha Betts of Queen Elizabeth, fourth in the 75-plus kg. group.