Ilya Abelev, Men's Wrestling

Ilya Abelev, Men's Wrestling

Ilya Abelev

Men’s Wrestling

4th Year Bachelor of Science-Kinesiology

Ottawa, ON


The UNB Varsity Reds/Valley Graphics male Athlete of the Month, for February, is Ilya Abelev, from the men’s wrestling team.

Abelev won his fifth Canadian university wrestling title at the U SPORTS Championships, in Winnipeg, capturing the gold medal in the 72-kilogram class. He was also named U SPORTS most outstanding male wrestler of the season.

In winning his gold medal, the fourth-year Kinesiology student dominated opponents from Alberta, Regina, McMaster, and wrestling-powerhouse Brock.

“I’m very proud of Ilya,” says Varsity Reds head coach Don Ryan. “Now a five-time university champion, he’s also boasts a 4.3 Grade Point Average. He’s a model student-athlete on and off the mat.”