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Whether it be on the mat or on the sidelines, Collingwood wrestling has always been known to be one of the strongest. The depth this year on the team is remarkable and it is great too see all of the young wrestlers with a full tank of potential, skill, and finesse.

The two coaches, Mr. Brampton and Mr. Fox had high expectation coming into the season due to success in the past few years. As a result, the wrestlers were pushed and coached to their limit and were rewarded with a glorious and prosperous season.

The team has also shown an immense amount of leadership with students such as Angus Allen. From his first step into Morven, Angus has always been a key asset to the Cavaliers wrestling team and has been a large part in the continued success of the team. Angus started to wrestle at an early age and has succeeded ever since he set foot on the mat. He says “When I am out on the mat, I feel like it is just my opponent and I, no on else.” This zone Angus slips into during a match helps to set aside distractions and focus on his next move.

Here at Collingwood, our wrestling facilities have been prevalent and available for the team. The wrestling team has always had open arms for any new members and is a very accepting group. They are always looking for untapped talent and passion for the sport. So far, the wrestling team has had great success in tournaments and matches. For example, they had immense achievement at a match against Windsor earlier in the year.

Another up and coming wrestler that has made a name for himself in the past couple years has been Arash Toupchinejad, who fuels himself with the following motto: “every defeat is a bridge to victory.”

The squad was also pushed through hardships in order for success. Arash explains, “Our numbers were few but we constantly placed high.” In the past few years Arash has started to polish and perfect his wrestling game, and the hard work has payed off for him this year especially.

Overall, the wrestling squad is both open and successful and is a great team to join if you are looking for a second term sport or even a profound new passion. If the team and coaches only teach you one aspect of wrestling, it would be that of pride.

As Dan Gable, retired American olympic wrestler and head coach, once said, “More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill – none have wrestled without pride.”

By: connor Anderson

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