The Dormaar siblings captured medals at the 2019 U17/U19 Canadian National Wrestling Championships.
The event held April 5 to 8 in Fredericton, New Brunswick featured the top wrestlers from around the country vying for national championships. Bronwyn Dormaar fresh off her first Provincial championship in March was competing in her first national championships with a goal of getting some national experience and being on the podium. Bronwyn started the tournament off a little rough with a close first match loss to the eventual gold medalist.
“Being knocked to the B side of the draw especially in your first match can be mentally challenging for athletes, as they will now have to battle all the way across the B side with an at best result of a bronze medal. I was impressed she was able to regroup after the loss with her little experience,” said coach Shane Rybak.
Bronwyn battled all the way across the B side of the draw and captured the bronze in the 61 Kg U17 Freestyle Division. Her top three placing qualified her to compete in the Cadet Fila Trials which selects a national team to represent Canada at the Pan American Championships. This combines the top placers of the U17 division and the 17-year-olds from the U19 Division to determine the international team. Up against some older more experienced athletes Bronwyn was right in the competition but ended up placing fourth in the trials but gaining valuable experience for her next run at the team next year.
Jakob Dormaar was competing in his fourth national championships this year but representing a new team this time around; rather than the Wetaskiwin Wrestling Club whom he wrestled for the last six years he competed representing the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. It’s pretty rare for a university athlete to compete at this event but Jakob happens to be young for a first year university student only just turning 18 in January. Expectations were high for Jakob going into this event being a past multi-time national medalist and now having a first-year of university competition under his belt. Expectations fulfilled as Jakob came through with another podium finish in the 71 Kg Freestyle capturing the bronze medal in the U19 division only losing one match throughout the competition.
For day three of the event Jakob participated in the Greco Roman championships but moving up a weight class to 80 Kg choosing not to make the lower weight for the second event. Up a weight class Jakob ended up battling fellow Saskatoon teammate Carson Lee himself a multi time national champion to an eventual silver medal.
“It was pretty special to have both siblings capture medals at the championships and watch them support each other. I’m really proud of both of them and what they have achieved,” said Rybak.