Coles repeats podium finish at OFSAA championships
By Paul Klose, Special to the Echo
Published March 12, 2019
The 2019 wrestling season wrapped up last week with five Red Hawks competing at the OFSAA Wrestling Championships.
The competition was held in Ottawa from March 4 – 6 and drew more than 750 wrestlers from across the province. It is the largest wrestling tournament in North America, and this year, the calibre of competition was excellent.
Charlotte Paton and Connie Oh represented the HHSS women’s team in the 64 kilogram and 57.5 kilogram weight categories respectively. For both women, this was their first appearance at OFSAA. Paton and Oh wrestled extremely well and each ended the tournament with one win and two losses.
Austin Weller was entered in an extremely competitive 72 kilogram weight class. Weller narrowly lost his second match, ending his OFSAA run. Teammate Nic Graham (89kilogram) wrestled extremely well, posting two wins and two losses, improving on his record from last year’s OFSAA performance. Graham is excited to return to the event next year in his quest for the podium.
Senior wrestler Aidan Coles returned to the all-provincials for a second consecutive year. He did not disappoint with a fantastic result at OFSAA. He finished the tournament with four wins and two losses to finish in fifth in the province in the 95 kilogram weight division. Coles is the first male wrestler from HHSS to reach the OFSAA podium (top six) in two consecutive years and his coaches are extremely proud of his accomplishments throughout his high school wrestling career. The coaching staff from the University of Toronto wrestling team were actively recruiting Coles as a result of his performance.
Congratulations to the entire team on a terrific season.