Nanaimo’s Steven Guo competes in the national freestyle wrestling championships in Windsor, Ont. (Raylene Bye-Pace photo)

Nanaimo wrestler pins down national gold

Steven Guo won gold in his juvenile freestyle division at the Canadian Wrestling Championships

A Nanaimo teen is a national wrestling champion.

Steven Guo won gold in his juvenile freestyle division at the Canadian Wrestling Championships this month in Windsor, Ont.

Guo, who had won silver at provincials earlier this spring, wrestled “extremely well” at nationals, said his Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club coach Nick Zuback.

“He took it one match at a time, focused on getting one point, two points, three points at a time and he didn’t lose focus, which was the biggest thing for him,” Zuback said.

Guo needed to win three matches for gold in his 46-kilogram division. He wrestled smart in the final, said his coach.

“He went in with a game plan to wrestle his style, as opposed to wrestling his opponent’s style, and it really worked for him,” Zuback said. “He didn’t deviate from that and he came out with the right result.”

Guo added a bronze medal in the Greco-Roman competition.

Nationals were held at the University of Windsor from April 7-9.

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