Four Cavaliers Battle Their Way at 2015 Ontario Provincial Championships
Congratulations are in order for the four Cavaliers wrestlers who battled their way to placing at the 2015 Ontario Provincial Championships this past weekend in Brampton. This tournament included the highest quality wrestling that the province can offer, and we as a team stood proud atop the podium. Kaila Sloat, now 14-1, has the distinction of being the first King’s wrestler to win Gold at this extremely high level competition. Philipp Summer came in second place, earning three wins against more experienced opponents. His lone loss came against last year’s OFSAA champion, and was decided by just a few points. Maddy Delle Donne also found a silver medal around her neck after beating two of her three opponents of the day. While Louise Thomson struggled against her competition, she fought valiantly to earn fourth place honors. These results ensure that all four are eligible to wrestle at the National Championships in April in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
To watch your Cavaliers wrestle for more gold, come to the Halton Championships, hosted right here at King’s, throughout the day on Thursday, March 12th. Come cheer as the team attempts to win the overall team championship for the first time, and be proud of these impressive ambassadors of the Cavaliers athletics program!
King’s Wrestling Highlights
King’s Sends Six Wrestlers to OFSAA
The King’s Cavaliers wrestling team capped off an amazing season with a strong finish at the GHAC Championships. Hosted at King’s for the first time, wrestlers thrived in competing against their opponents in front of an immensely supportive home crowd. The wrestlers grappled well, and came away with 7 wrestlers moving on to the OFSAA Championships to be held in Guelph March 5-7. GHAC Champions Sean Wilson, Kaila Sloat, and Elissa Graham were stellar, earning a top seed next week. Tyler Sloat, Andrew Ohi, Maddy Delle Donne, and Eisha Kwirant also earned berths to the provincial championship tournament by placing second in their weight categories. Coming in third place, and acting as OFSAA alternates, were Philipp Summer and Jeff Lau. The Cavaliers wrestlers are to be commended for their hard work, dedication, and perserverence throughout a long and challenging season.
Cavaliers Wrestling Midseason Report
On a bright and sunny day in September, the wrestling team began preseason workouts. The invitation was for both returning wrestlers and for anyone who desired to get in shape. Twice a week, these athletes strived for conditioning of their bodies, and to get into some semblance of physical fitness. They ran, they did CrossFit workouts, they pushed themselves to get stronger, both physically and mentally.
At the end of the 2013-2014 season, the Cavaliers wrestling team graduated 12 wrestlers, leaving a solid core group of 8 to start a rebuilding process. The fear, as always, is that the attritions would not be made up by the incoming student-athletes. That fear quickly disappeared as over 20 new students came out for the first practice in October to give the sport of wrestling a try. Led by the returning senior leaders of Philipp Summer, Thomas Hamilton, Louise Thomson, Maddy Delle Donne, and Kaila Sloat, the team started to rebuild its foundations from the ground up. Work ethic and practice standards were established, and the team started to immediately understand why wrestling is such a special sport. Each day included sweating, fatigue, even vomiting, for the sole purpose of preparing the body for the physical exertion that the sport demands. With an original 28 on the roster, the realities and the struggles of the sport forced six to find another way to get involved in school life.