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Richmond wrestling brothers win gold, silver at U.S. championships

Undefeated win for Mayva Bhullar in the U8 division in Washington.
Daya Bhullar (left) and Mayva Bhullar at the Washington State Novice Championships.

Two young Richmond brothers brought home gold and silver from a wrestling championship in the U.S.

Bhullar Wrestling Club's Mayva Bhullar, seven, and Daya Bhullar, nine, won gold and silver, respectively, at the Washington State Novice Wrestling Championships on Feb. 4.

Mayva competed with an undefeated win in the U8 division while Daya competed in the U10 division.

When asked what it was like competing at the championships in the U.S., Mayva said he was confident and excited to wrestle once again after losing last year.

"I feel really proud of myself when the referee raises my hand after winning and everyone gets to see my hard work on the mats," said Mayva, adding he trained "super hard and did crazy awesome moves" that he learned during his practices.

"My goal next year is to continue training and getting stronger, and better and wrestle (in) more tournaments in the U.S. and make my family proud."

Daya told the Richmond News that winning silver felt awesome, especially after last year's competition.

"After last year's loss, I didn't just sit around feeling sad, I went to the gym every day, practiced with my coaches and focused on improving my skills," he said.

His favourite part of the championship was being able to celebrate with his family and team on the podium, and making his mom and dad proud.

Daya's goal is to keep improving and earn more medals in the U.S. wrestling tournaments while introducing and motivating other kids into the sport of wrestling.

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