Wrestlers from Edmonds-Woodway, Meadowdale sign with Simon Fraser University

By Megan Managan | Jun 12, 2014
Photo by: Megan Managan Edmonds-Woodway senior Nathan Vulliet and Meadowdale senior Ciaran Ball stand with Simon Fraser University wrestling coach Justin Abdou during a signing ceremony at Edmonds-Woodway last week.

A pair of wrestlers from the Edmonds School District signed their letters of intent on Thursday, June 5 to wrestler with Simon Fraser University in British Columbia next fall.

Ciaran Ball, a senior at Meadowdale, and Nathan Vulliet, a senior at Edmonds-Woodway, will both join the Clan next year as members of the school’s successful wrestling program.

Both said they choose to join SFU in part because of the successful wrestling program, but also because it’s a great school.

“I believe it has a great wrestling program,” said Vulliet. “It's the top Canadian institute, so a great education. Also another one for me, it has a really great marine biology program, which is one of the things I want to study. They also have a really good kinesiology program, which is another thing I want to study. It just had so many things that I know I was looking for in a college. The place is beautiful it's a great campus, everything about it was perfect.”

Ball echoed Vulliet, saying even though he doesn’t know exactly what he wants to study yet, the school has a wide range for him to choose from.

“The education is so vast, I don't know what I want to do, but I just know that in that school I'll have a lot of opportunities,” he said. “My friend Morgan Smith went there and I got to see how he liked it for a year and he loved it, so I'm really close friends with him and I know if he's loving it I will too. I've gotten to hear so many good experiences about it. I'm excited.”

Vulliet’s coach at Edmonds-Woodway Brian Alfi said he’s excited Vulliet has this chance.

“It's a great academic school and it's a opportunity for Nathan that he might not have had without wrestling,” said his coach. “They have a top notch staff and program. We're really excited, he's a great representative of Edmonds-Woodway.”

The seniors said while they will miss their high school teams, they felt the competition they’ve faced over the last four years has helped to prepare them for their next challenge.

“I believe it's just help prepare me mentally with all the super hard practices we have,” said Vulliet. “I know there will definitely be super hard practices at the college level, but it helped prepare me mentally for those.”

Ball said his practice partners for the last few years, including the Smith brothers Tim and Morgan, helped get him to the next level.

“I felt like high school competition in Washington is really good and having that competition under your belt is really good. Everyone is ridiculously good,” said Ball.

SFU’s wrestling coach Justin Abdou attended the signing ceremony at both Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale on Thursday, welcoming both to the team.

“It seems like you've had a great family here for four years and now you're going to get a new family for five years,” said Abdou. “We compete in the NCAA. Its a very unique aspect, we're considered a top academic institute. We have more wrestling championships than any other school. It's the only non-American schools in the NCAA. We're looking for young men like Nathan and Ciaran to lead our program.”

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