Surrey wrestler Amar Dhesi eyes Olympics after winning silver at junior world championships

Published: August 19, 2014
Surrey wrestler

Amar Dhesi won a silver medal for Canada at the FILA junior freestyle world championships this month in Crotia and, in June, a gold medal at the junior Pan-American Championships. His father, Balbir Dhesi, started Newton’s Khalsa Wrestling Club 38 years ago where Amar started his career. (KYLE BENNING/Surrey Now)

KYLE BENNING
SURREY NOW CONTRIBUTOR

NEWTON — Thirty-eight years ago, Balbir Dhesi opened Khalsa Wrestling Club, the first Indo-Canadian wrestling club in Surrey. Today, he celebrates his son winning a silver medal at the junior world championships.

Amarveer (Amar) Dhesi is the first Canadian in 25 years to stand on the podium at the FILA Junior World Wrestling Championship.

Dhesi, who is entering his sophomore season wrestling with the Oregon State University Beavers, won three straight matches before losing to the defending champion, Geno Petriashvili of Georgia, in the final.

The Georgian beat Dhesi 10-0 in the freestyle heavyweight (120 kg) final, which was held in Zagreb, Croatia from Aug. 5 to Aug. 10.

This was Dhesi’s first international tournament and he said that it was a good experience.”I’m happy with second place,” said the silver-medalist.

“The next step is next year, I’m going there to win. I’m going to win gold for Canada in the worlds.

“I was confident with myself. I’m a confident guy. I know in wrestling you need to be confident, but not over-confident. I felt I was prepared. The whole year prepared me for this. I’ve been working for this goal since I was a kid,” he added.

The junior Canadian national champion started off the tournament sweeping Korea’s Kim Seongsu 10-0 in the round of 16.

Dhesi followed that match with a 12-3 win against Turkey’s Yusuf Emre Dede in the quarter-final.In the semifinal, Dhesi went up against a familiar face in the University of Michigan’s Adam Coon.

Dhesi beat him when he was in high school, and beat the American 7-6 to qualify for the final.In the final, Petriashvili managed to hold Dhesi scoreless to maintain an untarnished record by not conceding a single point throughout the championships.

Dhesi credits his father – who held a national championship in India – for starting his wrestling training at a young age.

“He works with me 24-seven,” Dhesi said.

“At home, we’ll be sitting and I won’t get five minutes alone. He’ll start showing me moves or talking about wrestling. He’s been on me my whole life. It paid off.”

Carrying on the wrestling club his father started is something both he and his brother, Parm, want to do, Dhesi said.

“I’m the third generation of wrestling. My dad wrestled, my grandpa wrestled. I’m going to keep it going for sure,” he said.

Dhesi graduated from Burnaby Central Secondary, and is on a full-ride scholarship at OSU.

He finished his rookie NCAA season with a 27-10 record, a silver medal at the PAC-12 championships and a 2-2 record at the national championships.

He also won the gold medal at the JuniorPan-American Championships, which was held in Toronto in June.Even though he is turning 19 years old in a few months, Dhesi said he believes he’s ready to jump to the senior level so he can achieve a few more of his goals.

For the past two years, he has been training to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“I’m not hoping to make the team. I’m hoping to get a medal.”

kyle.benning@gmail.com

Related Stories:


Tags: , , , , ,





Featured

India weird news

“Found half-cut worm in green peas breakfast menu,” Air India passenger complains

VANCOUVER DESI An Air India passenger in upper economy class was horrified when he noticed a half-eaten worm mixed in with his breakfast plate on…
Continue Reading »

deportation-Canada

Blatchford: Pakistani woman deserves a better life in this big, empty country

CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD POSTMEDIA NEWS When I saw the picture of a weeping Jamila Bibi in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Tuesday, I thought of only one…
Continue Reading »

sexual harassment

Second sexual harassment case hits Asian Games two days before opening ceremony

CHRISTOPHER BODEEN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS INCHEON, South Korea — A second sexual harassment case at the Asian Games was being investigated by South Korea police…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

deportation-Canada

Blatchford: Pakistani woman deserves a better life in this big, empty country

CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD POSTMEDIA NEWS When I saw the picture of a weeping Jamila Bibi in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Tuesday, I thought of only one…
Continue Reading »

Saskatoon woman, 65, deported to Pakistan after appeal to Federal Court rejected

THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — A 65-year-old woman working as a cook in Saskatoon has been deported to her native Pakistan, where her lawyer says…
Continue Reading »

DEPORTED-PAKISTAN

Tearful farewell as woman who faces death for adultery charges in Pakistan deported from Saskatoon

EVAN RADFORD THE STARPHOENIX As Jamila Bibi embraced her ally and friend Sahana Yeasmin, she was whisked away at the Saskatoon airport by two Canadian…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

swimming

Bull makes a splash, interrupts state level swimming competition in India

VANCOUVER DESI An unlikely contestant — a bull, interrupted a state level competition in India by jumping into the pool to swim with participants, according…
Continue Reading »

Scroll Invitation

Wedding invitations – the Do’s

KIM TREHAN VANCOUVER DESI You are cordially invited…. We request the honor of your presence… Please join us… It is so difficult to decide on…
Continue Reading »

COLD_MURDER_SENTENCE_20130410_210705138

Man jailed for murder of Vancouver girlfriend wants to withdraw his guilty plea (with video)

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI A man who spent 12 years on the lam before being convicted in the fatal shooting of his teenage girlfriend wants…
Continue Reading »

calf

Villagers worship ‘miracle’ calf in India born with third eye (w/ video)

VANCOUVER DESI People are flocking to a small village in southern India to worship a “miracle” calf believed to be an incarnation of a Hindu…
Continue Reading »

INDIA_ACID_ATTACKS_PHOTO_GALLERY_217739018

Acid-attacked teen, Laxmi, chosen to model for New Delhi’s India Runway Week

IANS New Delhi  – One of India’s young acid attack victims has been chosen to walk the runway at the third edition of India Runway…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Desi Sex

Gallery: Top 5 queens of Bollywood lovemaking scenes

VANCOUVER DESI When it comes to lighting fire on the silver screen, our Bollywood actresses don’t shy away from lovemaking scenes. But some are more…
Continue Reading »

Hrithik Roshan Katrina Kaif

Hrithik Roshan on doing Michael Jackson’s iconic moves in Bang Bang: I added my own style

IANS Mumbai – For the title track of the forthcoming film “Bang Bang”, Hrithik Roshan has grooved a la his dance idol, the late King…
Continue Reading »

hot photos desi actress bollywood sex

Deepika Padukone: I have breasts, you got a problem?

VANCOUVER DESI Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has caused a social media storm over her ‘cleavage show’ story in a leading Indian news outlet. Padukone slammed…
Continue Reading »