Colesstands alone in history after OFSAA

By Darren Lum
Published March 13 2018

RedHawks wrestler Aidan Coles proved his Central Ontario SecondarySchool Athletics championship title wasn’t an aberration with hisfourth place finish at the all-provincials last week.

Colesrepresented COSSA well making it to the bronze medal match at theOntario Federation of School Athletic Associations wrestlingchampionship held from March 5 to 7 in Windsor.

AlthoughColes lost by decision to Myles Mcveigh of Georgetown his coach PaulKlose was impressed and said his wrestler “had a great tournament.”

“Hefinished the tournament with a record of six wins and two losses. Hemade it to the bronze medal match but lost. Still he placed fourthin the province at 95 kilograms” he wrote in an email. “Aidan isthe first male wrestler from HHSS to reach the OFSAA podium. Hiswrestling was consistently solid throughout the tournament.”

Coleswasn’t the only Hawk to make it to OFSAA.

Two-timeOFSAA competitors Hannah Riopelle and Emily Klose also competed.

“HannahRiopelle (44 kilogram) and Emily Klose (61 kilogram) both advanced tothe second day of competition but lost early on that day. Thisaccomplishment however puts them in the top 12 of the province intheir weight class” Klose wrote.

“Emily’s weight class waslikely the toughest women’s division at OFSAA. Any one of the top12 wrestlers could have reached the podium. They were all quiteevenly matched…they were all technically sound and grittywrestlers. No one wanted to give up a point and the matches wereawesome. I’m pleased to say that Emily fit right in. She ended witha record of three wins and two losses. In both of her losses Emilywas clearly the better wrestler that created more offence.Unfortunately she got caught during some scrambles on the mat andwas pinned. It was a great tournament for Emily” he wrote.

the next level”Klose wrote.

Inhis last year Grade 12 Matt Manning who has been to theall-provincials twice earned his OFSAA berth with a silver at COSSAbut lost two matches and did not continue the second day. First yearOFSAA competitor and Grade 10 athlete Nic Graham also had an earlyexit losing two matches.

“Thingsmay have been a little different with a better draw but it is whatit is. Both had a great experience at OFSAA. Nic will benefit fromthis experience…he now knows what to expect a t