Wrestling added to CIS roster

By Paul Esau (The Cascade) – Email

Print Edition: October 9, 2013


UFV Athletics has announced the launch of a CIS wrestling program for the 2014-2015 season. This year, the wrestling club will compete unofficially at several Canadian meets and train at both UFV and SFU.

A wrestling program has been a UFV goal for several years, said Athletics director Rocky Olfert, as well as the dream of many community members.

“It’s just amazing to me that in such a short time we’ve been able to get great coaches, facilities, equipment, and been accepted as Canada West wrestling,” he said.

UFV will be the only CIS wrestling program in BC, and will join Winnipeg, Alberta, Calgary, Saskatchewan, and Regina in Canada West.

The addition of men’s and women’s wrestling raises UFV’s varsity team total to 12.

Both teams will be coached by Arjan Bhullar and Raj Virdi, members of the national team. “I truly think this is the best time to get this going,” said Bhullar. “I’m excited to be here, in a program in the CIS. I’ve wrestled my entire life, it’s in my blood, it’s what I do. It’s a dream job for myself and Raj to be involved in this program.”