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April 23,, 2018

Boyko wins two wrestling medals in 24 hours

ST. THOMAS –  Julie Boyko had a successful 24 hour period on the wrestling mat. First, the Grade eight student at Elgin Court public school, won the girls’ 54-kilogram class, at a elementary meet hosted by Sherwood Fox school in London, on April 20. Next day, Boyko was in Brampton, making her debut at the Ontario Wrestling Association championships, bringing home silver in the bantam division.

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March 7, 2018

Dorchester's Owen Lynch fifth at OFSAA

WINDSOR, ON. –  Owen Lynch is top five in the province. The Grade nine student from Lord Dorchester secondary school (LDSS), finished fifth, with a 4-2 record, in the boys' 38-kilogram weight class, at the OFSAA wrestling championships, at the WFCU Centre. Lynch defeated Joey Williams, of London Saunders, in the fifth place match. Lynch's Dorchester teammate Bailey Dowhaniuk was 1-2.
Maddie King, from Parkside CI, in the girls' 44-kilogram division and St. Joseph's Alex Cooper (girls' 83-kg), placed sixth, in their respective divisions. King was one win away from going for gold, but lost her semi-final match to Jessica Hong, the eventual gold medal winner, from Ottawa Sir Robert Borden high school. Gavin Eldridge (boys' 57.7-kg), of the Parkside Stampeders, finished at 4-2, eliminated after losing to London Beal's Diego Worlsey, in a rematch of the WOSSAA gold medal final. Parkside's Steph Boyko (girls' 67.5-kg) went 3-2, Daniel Rattray (89-kg), 2-2 and Payton Brodie-Grubb (girls' 61-kg), 0-2. St. Joseph's Nikky Laframboise (girls' 47kg) finished 3-2, while Mackenzie Miller (girls' 115-kg), was 1-2. Central Elgin Titans' Sam Gutmanis (boys' 83-kg) was 0-2 and Dalton Holt (77-kg), 1-2. Arthur Voaden Viking Cadence MacLeod (girls' 115-kg) was 1-2.
Brayden Todd, an Ingeroll DCI student who trains at LDSS, due to no wrestling team at his school, won OFSAA gold for a fourth consecutive year. Todd quickly defeated Adriano Di Benedetto, of Hannon Bishop Ryan, 12-0, in the boys' 61-kg gold medal match. In previous years, Todd won gold at 44, 51 and 57.5 kilograms.



February 23, 2018

St. Thomas - Dorchester schools send 14 wrestlers to OFSAA

LONDON, ON. –  Fourteen wrestlers from St. Thomas and Dorchester schools are heading to OFSAA, after placing first or second in their respective divisions, at the WOSSAA championships, at Banting high school.
The Parkside Stampeders lead the way with five athletes, Daniel Rattray (gold, 89-kg), Gavin Eldridge (silver, 57.5kg), Payton Brodie-Grubb (gold, girls' 61-kg), Maddie King (gold, girls' 44-kg) and Steph Boyko (silver, girls' 67.5-kg).
St. Joe's Rams have three returning to OFSAA, Alex Cooper (gold, girls' 83-kg), Mackenzie Miller (gold, girls' 115-kg) and Nikky Laframboise (silver, girls' 47.5-kg).
Sam Gutmanis (silver, boys' 83-kg) and Dalton Holt (silver, 77-kg), will represent the Central Elgin Titans and Cadence MacLeod (silver, girls' 115-kg), the Arthur Voaden Vikings.
Lord Dorchester will have Owen Lynch (gold, boys' 38-kg) and Bailey Dowhaniuk (silver, boys' 44-kg).
Brayden Todd (gold, boys' 61-kg), who attends Ingersol DCI, trains with the LDSS team and coach Jack Gunnell.
OFSAA, the high school provincial championships, is March 6-7, in Windsor.

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Febraury 16, 2018

PCI's Brodie-Grubb trades injury for gold

ST. THOMAS –  A few months ago Payton Brodie-Grubb felt she may not wrestle again, let alone be a top wrestler at a championship meet. The Parkside Stampeder was the most outstanding female wrestler, capturing the gold medal in the girls' 61-kilogram class, at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) Michienzi Conference wrestling championships, in front of a home crowd, at Parkside Collegiate Institute. The top five in each weight class at conference, move on to WOSSAA, Friday, February 23, at London Banting secondary school.
Fellow Parkside weight class champions include Gavin Eldridge, boys' 57.5 kilograms, Daniel Rattrey, boys' 89-kg and Maddie King, girls' 44-kg.

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February 16, 2018

Three champions lead LDSS at TVRA wrestling

ARVA, ON – Owen Lynch, Bailey Dowhaniuk and Owen Bisschop. The trio from Lord Dorchester secondary school won their respective weight divisions, at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics Geris Conference wrestling championships, at Medway high school, February 16. Lynch won the boys’ 38-kilogram weight class champion, while Dowhaniuk was the best in the 44-kg class and Bisschop, at 72 kilos. Lord Dorchester’s boys team placed third overall.
The top five in each division, advance to WOSSAA, Friday, February 23, at London Saunders secondary school. Additional LDSS results: Boys: Eric Rulton, third, 130-kg; Nathan Askew, fourth, 72-kg; Matt Barron, fifth, 72kg; Hunter Chown, 130-kg; Zack Mason, 57.5-kg; Kaden Heinbach, sixth, 83-kg; Girls: Melanie Weirenga, fourth, 57.5-kg
Braydon Todd, who represents Ingersoll District CI, but trains at LDSS, due to no team at his school, won the 61 kilogram class and was named the Bill Salter award for most outstanding male wrestler at the meet. Todd is a three-time OFSAA champion.


February 18, 2018

Nine OXEL wrestlers place at juvenile cadet provincials

BRAMPTON, ON. – Nine members of the OXEL wrestling club placed in the top five, at the Ontario Amateur Wrestling Association Cadet (14-15 years old) and Juvenile (16-17 years) championships, at the Powerade Centre, February 3. Maddie King led OXEL taking home the silver medal, in the female cadet 46-kilogram class, losing the gold medal match to Bronwyn MacGregor, of the K-Bay Club. Cole Moore also finished second in the male cadet 80-kg class, falling to Arjun Cheema in the final.
Additional results: Male - Mark Summers, third, juvenile 85-kg; Gavin Eldridge, third, cadet 58-kg; John Jones, fifth, cadet 69-kg; Jesse Cummings, sixth, cadet 92-kg; Gunnar McLeod, sixth, cadet 76-kg; Female - Stephanie Boyko, fifth, juvenile 69-kg; Tory Spry, sixth, juvenile 48-kg.
Brayden Todd, representing the London-Western club, won the male juvenile 60-kg class. Todd, from Ingersoll, trains for the high school season, at Lord Dorchester secondary school, with coach Jack Gunnell.