BY BILL PHILLIPS
It’s probably natural for brothers to horse around and wrestle each other.
But when they get into their 20s, shouldn’t they stop?
Not Ben and Daniel Dyck.
To be clear, they don’t horse around – too much – they wrestle. They are competitive wrestlers and training with each other is a perfect fit as they get ready for an open tournament in Calgary later this year.
Ben, who competes in the heavyweight class, is coming off an impressive win at the Golden Bear Open tournament in Edmonton in January. It marked a successful return to the sport. In high school he was national champion in his Grade 10 year and placed third in Grade 12. After he graduated, however, he fell out of favour with the sport and stopped competing.
But now he’s back.
“I’m a better person when I wrestle,” he says. “It’s who I am. When I don’t do it, I’m not the same, so felt the need to get back to it.”
Plus, he wanted to erase the bad memories of not doing well when he first started post-secondary wrestling.
“I wrestled my own way (in Edmonton) and did really well,” he says. “After doing that, I said I have to keep competing because I really enjoy this.”
Ben, and Daniel, have been wrestling all their lives. Their father Clayton coached them when they were kids and when they wrestled at Kelly Road Secondary School, which is probably one of the reasons they work so well together when train. And, of course, there is the sibling rivalry thing.
“Usually when I wrestle with people, I break them pretty bad,” says Ben, who is now 27 years old. “But my brother’s really tough so he can push back, which I kind of need. I have other wrestling partners, and they’re great, but they’re not my brother.”
For Daniel, however, he’s about 20 pounds lighter than Ben, and competes in a lower weight category, so holding his own with a bigger opponent obviously helps.
“My brother’s probably the toughest guy I know,” says Daniel. “He’s been a national champion, so it’s kind of humbling. I get beat up all the time … That’s why it’s going to be great when I compete because I know how tough my brother is, if I can hang with him I don’t worry too much.”
Daniel, a couple of years younger at 25 years old, hasn’t competed since high school either and is anxious to get back into the sport he has known since he was a toddler.
“I find if I don’t compete in anything, I’m not grounded probably because it feels like home because we grew up with it,” he says. “And conquering old demons is important.”
The brothers received a Brink Group of Companies sponsorship of $500 each to help them with the Calgary tournament.
“It helps out a lot because we both have families, we got lots of bills,” says Ben. “So being able to go out to a tournament and not worry about the financial aspect, helps with the stress of it.”
Daniel was also very appreciative of the support.
“It’s one of the first time in the last couple of years we’ve seen it for local athletes,” he said. “It’s pretty cool.”
John Brink, of the Brink Group of Companies, praised the brothers for their work and is confident they will do well.
“That makes it unique, to have two brothers of national calibre in Prince George,” Brink said.
He also has some advice for the brothers as well as financial support.
“They’re both motivated, they will excel,” he says, adding it’s important to set a goal and work toward that goal every day. “Aspire to your dreams and then pursue them and stay the course, and then the sky’s the limit. I always say ‘I can and I will.’”
Calgary is the next tournament for the brothers, which will be followed with senior nationals in March.
“That’s my main goal right now,” Ben says.
If he does well there he could qualify for Pan-American Games or Commonwealth Games.