September 30, 2013, EDMONTON – The University of the Fraser Valley has made a successful bid to add the sport of wrestling, effective September 2014, bringing to six the number of teams that will compete in Canada West during the 2014-15 season.
Fraser Valley becomes the first British Columbia institution in Canada West to have a wrestling program since Simon Fraser University left the conference after the 2009-10 season.
Former CIS champions with the Simon Fraser Clan, Arjan Bhullar and Raj Virdi, will be coaches for the conference’s newest wrestling entry.
Bhullar is a two-time Canadian Interuniversity Sport champion and three-time medalist who won four straight Canada West gold medals from 2006 to2009. In 2008 he was named Canada West wrestler of the year. Virdi won two CIS medals (1 gold, 1 silver), two conference gold medals and the Student-athlete Community Service Award during his Canada West days from 2008 to 2010.
“I am very happy to hear the news of our acceptance into the Canada West family. I am excited for the UFV program, and for our student-athletes. BC Wrestling has needed an institution to come forward and represent the province at the CIS level. We are ready to get to work and compete,” said UFV’s newly appointment head coach Arjan Bhullar.
“We are very excited to join Canada West in men’s and women’s wrestling at UFV. The sport of wrestling opens many doors and opportunities for us in our community, and we appreciate the overwhelming amount of support we have received so far. In addition to our other varsity sports, we believe that our wrestling program will contribute to our brand of excellence and I have no doubt we will be successful in our efforts to build an elite level program in the Fraser Valley,” said UFV Athletic Director Rocky Olfert.
The 2015 Canada West wrestling championship is scheduled to take place in Calgary, Alberta.