Warrior wrestlers knocking at the door!
A small town with 5000 residents versus a city of 120,000, with wrestlers who have their own wrestling rooms at their local high schools, wrestling clubs and access to University practices and coaching.
Our strongest opponents were a team that has dominated wrestling in the area, winning NWOSSA 14 years in succession. A few years ago, they were the top team in the province coming home with the coveted OFSAA championship title.
The story I tell is truly one of David versus Goliath, a group of young women and men overcoming incredible odds to challenge, and come within 13 points (2 medals), of upsetting Goliath, the St. Ignatius Falcons. For the first time in the history of wrestling in NWO, a team outside Thunder Bay almost stole the NWOSSA championship trophy.
Not all great accomplishments end with a victory: your Warrior Wrestlers overcame huge odds to knock at, no kick in the door, at the NWOSSA Championships in Thunder Bay. Our women’s team placed third (a mere point from second), the men’s team placed second, and our Warrior combined team took silver, leaving all other teams in our dust.
Next year almost the entire team will be back, as well as a few key additions that took this year off. I firmly believe that next year we will be in a position to challenge again!
Liam Belmore, Levi Melnichuk, Gabriel Otto, Daniel Bottle, and Brittany Barkman all advanced to the provincial championships (OFSAA) March 5-7, in Windsor Ontario.
We are proud of our Warrior wrestlers!
Individual placings were as follows: Gold - Jude Kamenawatamin, Gabriel Otto, Levi Melnichuk and Kerry Davis. Silver - Brittany Burkman and Danny Bottle. Bronze - Taylor Meekis, Haily Doxtater-Wynn, Grace McKay, Liam Belmore, Adam Coulombe, Ethan Nadeau, and Pedro Anishanabe. Fourth - Nano J. Angeconeb, Dylan Thwaites, and Chris Edwards. Fifth - Dalton Thwaites and Nicholas Brohm. Exhibition wins were posted by Serena Anderson.
Submitted by Coaches Sakamoto, Keating, Southwind, Cospito, and Brisket.