2017 Canada West Wrestling Championship Preview - Friday & Saturday at the PAC



  • The 2017 Canada West Wrestling Championships will take place this Friday and Saturday at the Physical Activity Complex on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan
  • The Saskatchewan Huskies (men's) and Calgary Dinos (women's) are looking to defend their conference titles from a season ago
  • Joining the Huskies and Dinos are: the Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas, Fraser Valley Cascades, Regina Cougars, and Winnipeg Wesmen

EDMONTON – Canada West's top wrestlers are headed to Saskatoon this weekend, as the conference wrestling championships descend on the University of Saskatchewan. 

Action runs Friday through Saturday at the Physical Activity Complex, with both days of the competition also available via webcast at CanadaWest.tv. 


Looking to defend their 2016 Canada West titles are the host Saskatchewan Huskies on the men's side, while the University of Calgary Dinos take aim at a third consecutive championship on the women's side.

Aiming to help lead the Huskies back to the top of the conference are a pair of defending gold medalists in Josh Bodnarchuk (54 kg) and Andrew Johnson (82 kg). 

Bodnarchuk enters the weekend looking to add to an already impressive university resume, as the third-year athlete was also a national champion during the 2015-16 season in addition to topping the conference podium.

For Calgary, leading the charge in their search for another conference banner are two returning gold medalists – Cara Nania (55kg) and Tianna Kennett (59kg).

Nania is no stranger to the conference championships, as the fifth-year athlete captured gold the last two seasons to help the Dinos to their recent string of titles on the women's side. 

Along with the Huskies and Dinos, four other Canada West schools are sending contingents to Saskatoon in search of conference bragging rights. 

Alberta, whose most recent titles came in 2015 (men's) and 2014 (women's), is sending a full squad, with 15 men and 12 women headed to the Bridge City looking to challenge for Canada West banners. 

Also sending squads to Saskatoon are the Regina Cougars (11 men, eight women), Winnipeg Wesmen (eight men, eight women), and the Fraser Valley Cascades (five men, three women). 

Wrestlers hit the mat at 9 a.m. Friday, with matches running through Saturday afternoon.