LONDON - Last Friday, Feb. 20, a total of 10 Stratford Northwestern wrestlers took part in the WOSSAA championships here at Banting Secondary School.
First and second-place finishers qualified for OFSAA with the third-place wrestlers being OFSAA alternates in case of injury to the first and second-place medal winners.
Finishing first with a gold medal at 83 kg. was Huskies’ Jamie Steckly, winning all three matches with pins.
After very close matches, the following wrestlers placed third, winning bronze medals and qualifing as OFSAA alternates: Esther Bartlett at 77 kg., Daniel Bald at 77 kg., and Tola Francis at 72 kg.
Finishing in fifth place were Daniel Stranges and Carter McCue. Sixth place went to Brandon Tinning and Ethan Gardner.
Also wrestling for Northwestern were Cody Pinheiro and Brett Belanger.
The NW wrestling coaches would like to thank the wrestlers for a good season and wish Jamie Steckly the best at OFSAA.
Graduating this year and retiring from wrestling will be Daniel Bald, and Brandon Tinning, both team captains with a combined 53 wins this season.
“These gentlemen will be missed and we will be looking for our Junior wrestlers to fill the gap,” said Huskies’ coach Dave Finnie. “Also graduating this year is Daniel Stranges, a newcomer to wrestling this year but has fit right in and only wishes that he had started wrestling sooner.”
Anyone interested in wrestling is asked to see coach Finnie for further information.