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Former Canadian National Team member Craig Roberts passed away September 12, 2006 after a long battle with a rare form of cancer. He was 38 years of age and is survived by his wife Kristina and son Luka. At the time of his passing he was the Western Canadian Sales Manager for E&J Gallo Winery and was living in South Surrey, BC.

Craig Roberts was born in Everett, Washington and moved to Smithers, British Columbia at an early age. Later he studied at Simon Fraser University with his major being in Education. Throughout his stellar university wrestling career he was coached by Mike Jones. He also competed as a member of the Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club once his university career was concluded.

Craig became came to wrestling as a 14 year old high school athlete and developed to the point where he made the Canadian National Team in 1992. He went on to represent Canada in numerous international competitions including the World Championships, World Cups and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

His imprint on Canadian Wrestling will be felt for years to come and his cheerful and competitive nature will be missed at the Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club.

Here is a brief list of Craig Roberts wrestling accomplishments:

Varsity
3 x Provincial Champion
3 x NAIA All American
Lead the Simon Fraser University team to the NAIA title: 1989
Inducted into NAIA Hall of Fame - Athlete: 2002

International
1986 Pan American Championships (57 kg) - Greco Roman: 6th
1991 Commonwealth Championships (68 kg) - Freestyle: 1st
1992 Pan American Championships (68 kg) - Freestyle: 3rd
1993 World Cup (74 kg) - Freestyle: 4th
1993 Commonwealth Championship (68 kg) - Freestyle: 1st
1994 World Cup (74 kg) - Freestyle: 6th
1994 World Championship (68 kg) - Freestyle: 11th
1995 Pan American Games (68 kg) - Freestyle: 2nd
1995 World Cup (68 kg) - Freestyle: 5th
1995 World Championships (68 kg) - Freestyle: 10th
1996 Pan American Olympic Qualifying Tourney (68 kg) - Freestyle: 3rd
1996 Olympic Games - Atlanta - (68 kg) Freestyle: 12th
1997 World Cup (69 kg) Freestyle: 5th

National
1992 Senior Nationals (68 kg) - Freestyle: 1st
1993 Senior Nationals (68 kg) - Freestyle: 2nd
1995 Senior Nationals (68 kg) - Freestyle: 1st
1996 Olympic trials (68 kg) - Freestyle: 1st
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