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Bole brings home OFSAA silver 


  Injury forces the Parkside Stampeder to retire from her gold match

  the best result of 15 Elgin County wrestlers at the provincial meet



  March 9, 2024


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By Rob J. Ross

STONEY CREEK, Ont. - Haevyn Bole had to settle for an OFSAA silver medal.

In the opening minute of the female 54-kilogram gold medal match, Bole had to withdraw due to injury against Ava Hunyadt, of John F Ross, at the OFSAA wrestling championships, March 5-6 at the United Soccer Centre.

A sprained MCL prevented Bole from continuing against Hunyadt, the defending OFSAA champ in the weight class.

"I'm happy with how far I made it, even though it didn't go well at the end," Bole said. "I did know she won last year, but it didn't change what I was going to do. I just knew I had to be aggressive and do what I'm comfortable with."

On the way to the final, Bole (4-1) twice pinned her opponent in the opening minute of the match and mercied a third opponent, 10-0.

"I went in with the mindset set that I had to win to get here, just like the other girls even though they have been wrestling for longer," Bole said "I focused on the stuff I know how to do well and am comfortable with rather then new stuff."

Bole had the top result of wrestlers from Elgin County schools, leading a Parkside team of six to the high school provincial championships.

"We have a lot of great people that I train with and that's one of the reasons I made it this far," Bole added.


Five top six results

St. Joe's Rams Helen King finished with a 4-2 record, losing the female 72-kilogram bronze medal match.

Central Elgin Titans' Kendelle Scott won her fifth place bout in the female 83-kg division.

"I cried a lot. I was disappointed after the semis (a loss)," Scott said. "But after my match before this one, I collected myself enough to produce enough energy to win. It's sad but it's really good because I finished fifth and that's exciting."

The Grade 10 student finished 3-2, the same record she compiled at OFSAA in 2023. This year Scott won gold at TVRA conference and WOSSAA.

"I was proud of my win at WOSSAA and I'm happy that I started getting gold more this year, because last year was all silvers," added Scott.

Parkside brothers Tyler Dale and Owen Dale, both finished sixth, in the male 72 and 67.5 kilogram division, respectively.

Tyler Dale dropped his opening match, before winning five in a row to stay in the bronze medal hunt, but lost his final two matches to finish sixth.

Parkside's Gabe Forsyth finished with a 3-2 record in the male 130-kilogram division.

Jeremy Anderson (M57.5) and Aba Coombs (F83), each were 2-2, while Zoey Astley-Duncan (F67.5) was 1-2. Coombs opening match was to the eventual F83 champion,

Daniella Papia and her second loss, to bronze medalist Joy Uchenna.

This season Parkside not only won their TVRA conference and placed fourth overall in the team standings at WOSSAA, but also captured the TVRA Dual Meet title, a banner the Stampeders won in 2019.

"We got a great group of kids that keep building on their success. They stepped up and were hungry," Parkside coach Adam Dale said. "We've great leadership on the team with Tyler and all of the seniors."

The four Elgin County schools with wrestling programs were represented at OFSAA.

"All of the kids have been wrestling phenomenal and part of the reason is WOSSAA's coaching staffs across the whole board," Dale said. "It's a lot better wrestling in the area, which makes every team a lot better. A big shout out to all the coaches, who put the time in building all the programs."


Four Titans win two matches

Along with Scott, four Titans at least won two matches, including team captain Alex Vandeernalt (F57.5), who went 2-2 in her first appearance on the provincial mats.

"I wrestled well. The girls were really good so I don't have any regrets about it," said Vandeernalt. "My first match was a tough one. It was really close. We went the full four minutes. I won 2-1. I'm proud that I could maintain good cardio and wrestle smart and defensively throughout the four minutes."

The third year wrestler won gold at WOSSAA, improving on a fifth place showing in 2023.

"I wanted to do a winter sport, so I decided to try wrestling and I ended up really liking it," Vandeernalt said. "It has a good mix between mental and physical game and it challenges me in a good way."

Titans' Logan Finzgar (M47.5) made OFSAA in his Grade nine year.

"It's fun. A little nervous," Finzgar, who posted a 2-2 record. "I've been saying that I'd win OFSAA, but I didn't win. But I made it which is half the battle."

Finzgar has three more years to go for that podium goal and credits teammate Devon Berehulka for introducing him to the sport.

"I never would have thought of doing wrestling, but he (Devon) convinced me and it was a good thing," said Finzgar, who calls the WOSSAA final his most memorable match. "I was down 8-0, but I ended up pinning him (Rams' Christian Cano). I was in a pin position for half the match, but came back. I was surprised. I didn't think I would get first, because he already beat me twice in the season."

Titans Ivey Ludwig (F72) finished 3-2, her losses to silver medalist Charissa Okeke and bronze medalist Hayley Weaver.

Titans Dollan Brown (M130) was 0-2.

"We have a small team, but a lot of heart. We hope to attract a few more kids to come out next year," Titans coach Christian Graham said. "We had a hard start to the year, (but) everyone really came together at TVRA and WOSSAA. We learned from our failures and we tailored our practices towards what we did wrong."

The Titans had 12 wrestlers at WOSSAA, placing fifth in the combined team standings.

"We had a lot of gold medal matches and a lot of kids that surprised us," said Graham. "We had kids that came here and won two."

Rams Cecilja Meglic (F51) finished 3-2, her opening match loss to the eventual silver medalist Emma Chartres.

East Elgin Eagles Ally Burr (F95) was 0-2.

Six wrestlers from other WOSSAA schools won medals.

Wesley Heather, Woodstock College Ave won the male 54-kg gold; Davyne Buehler, Banting, silver, F77; Dillon Lynch, Medway, silver, M61; Brealey Peters, Notre Dame, silver, M67.5 (including defeating Owen Dale); Isaac Ingram, Banting, bronze, M44; Sukhmeet Randhawa, College Ave, bronze, F89.




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