Coach Omid Farahani (from left), Williams Lake’s Tyleen Scaiano and coach Jason Jahani. (Photos submitted)

Scaiano grapples to Greco-Roman Wrestling national championship

“You’re going to win some and lose some and it’s all a learning experience.”

Williams Lake and Lake City Falcons grappler Tyleen Scaiano became a multi-time national wrestling champion this past week at the 2019 Canada Lutte Wrestling Nationals in Fredericton, NB.

After coming just short of reaching the finals in the freestyle division on April 6 after one win and two losses, Scaiano was asked to compete in the Greco-Roman Wrestling division the following day, April 7 — a discipline she had never competed in before. And it was there Scaiano struck gold in her respective 49-kilogram division.

“I was hesitant but my coaches and my mom believed I could do it, so I decided I would try it and go do what I love and have fun doing it,” she said. “No expectations, just [building up] the courage to try something new.”

Scaiano said she was determined to give it her best, however, had no thoughts of actually winning.

Greco-Roman wrestling is considered a fairly uncomming discipline in Canada, however, is extremely popular in the U.S.

In Greco-Roman wrestling upper body strength is key, with no leg touching allowed, where the winner is declared after an eight-point lead.

READ MORE: Scaiano golden at Canada wrestling nationals

In her first match, Scaiano won by a scored of 10-2, followed bya another 8-0 win. In her third and final match, Scaiano won by pinfall to win the gold medal.

Scaiano said it was an amazing feeling to win, and said she’s glad she had the opportunity to try something new.

“You never know the outcome,” she said. “You’re going to win some and lose some and it’s all a learning experience. Bad day, good day, it doesn’t matter. Anything can happen.”

She noted she was proud of herself for having the chance to wrestle the best in Canada and, despite not reaching the podium in her freestyle division, said she had an amazing trip with her family to nationals.

“Thank you to all my amazing coaches at Coast Wrestling Academy [for the help],” she said, pointing to Frank Mensah, Omid Farahani, Jason Jahani and her high school coaches from the Falcons wrestling team, her dad, Tyler Scaino and Ian Pare.

READ MORE: Scaiano brings home gold from BC Games

She also thanked the communities of Williams Lake and 150 Mile for all the support helping her fundraise to attend the event including the Lions Club and Gibraltar Mine.

“Without all of you this would not have been possible,” she said.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Williams Lake and Lake City Falcons wrestler Tyleen Scaiano stands atop the podium at nationals after winning gold in her respective Greco Roman division.

Just Posted

Dreams come to life in Spirit Awakens at the Station House this month

This month the Station House invites patrons to an exhibit involving the spirit

Blue Fins making final preparations for respective provincial championships

“This was the last competition for any ‘Fins not yet qualified for provincials,” Webb said.

Lakecity youth performers acquitted themselves well at Provincial Festival

The Cariboo Festival Society was proud to see two of its attendees recognized for their work

PHOTOS: Families take to the street at annual Cariboo GM Soapbox Derby

A record number of participants showed up for this event organized by Cariboo GM and the Hooligans

Toosey family ‘heartbroken’ over loss of young mom

RCMP have released no new information since the June 8, 2019 homicide

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

Most Read