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 Dettloff pins down Canadian gold


  Wins the women's 53-kilogram class at Junior Nationals for wrestling



  June 1, 2022


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By Rob J. Ross

DORCHESTER, Ont. - Entering high school, Kendall Dettloff had never been near a wrestling mat, having played competitive soccer as a youth.

Now the Dorchester native who just finished her second year of Nursing at Western University, is heading for the world stage for wrestling.

Dettloff defeated Kelyn Young, of Guelph, with a pin, after trailing the women's 53-kilogram gold medal match, 6-0, at the 2022 National Junior Wrestling championships, May 27-28, in Edmonton, Alberta. (click on photo on right, to watch video full screen)

"It's been a goal of mine to represent Canada. It's a surreal feeling," Dettloff said. "I'm super excited to improve as an athlete and wrestle the best of the best. I'm looking to set higher goals and go as far as I can in the sport of wrestling."

The comeback win gave Dettloff a spot on the Canadian team, for the Junior (U20) Pan-American championships, in Oaxtepec, Mexico, July 8 to 10.

"My strengths throughout the tournament was my mindset," Dettloff said. "I was calm and collected the whole time and I never doubted myself. Even when I was down 6-0, I believed I was going to win. I focused on my game plan, listened to my coach and was able to capitalize on all my opportunities and wrestle smart."

Back in Grade nine, it took a teacher approaching her in the hallway at Catholic Central, in London, asking her to come out for a practice.

"Instantly I knew it was my passion," Dettloff said. "I loved the intensity, I loved beating up the boys, I loved everything about it."

In her first year, Dettloff advanced to OFSAA, the high school provincial championships.

"My coaches were so surprised," Dettloff said. "I was beating girls who had been wrestling since they were diapers. I barely knew what I was doing, but I had the determination, the athletic ability, and a passion to be the best."

Dettloff competed at OFSAA three of her four years, winning silver in Grade 12, in 2020.

Currently, Dettloff is a member of the Western Mustangs' wrestling team.

"I'm super appreciative of all the coaches and support I've received to get me this far," said Dettloff. "The sport is super mentally challenging. It's been a tough couple years with COVID, but I really preserved, stayed head strong and reached my goal of being on Team Canada."







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