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Gold aplenty for local Ontario Winter Games athletes

Updated On: April 9, 2012
Ottawa athletes enjoyed tons of success at March’s Ontario Winter Games in Collingwood, with synchronized swimming 13-15 figures champion Kiera Hughes and 54-kilogram wrestling champ Torin MacFadyen earning two of many gold medals.

Ottawa wrestlers rule the nation

Updated On: April 9, 2012
Several Ottawa grapplers distinguished themselves on the mats recently, led by Ilya Abelev, who won the 66-kilogram class at the junior national wrestling championships and was the outstanding wrestler at the OUA championships en route to a university national title for the Western Ontario Mustangs.

Gisèle-Lalonde repeat gold leads Ottawa OFSAA charge

Updated On: April 9, 2012
The 'AA' gold medal-winning Gisèle-Lalonde girls' volleyball team led the national capital's contingent of high school teams in March OFSAA championships.

Grade 10s stack up well vs older wrestlers

Created On: March 9, 2012
Both in Grade 10, Quinlan Walker and Theresa El-Lati are two of the younger competitors heading to the OFSAA wrestling championships, but there’s no doubt the national capital gold medalists have found a love for their sport that any others would be hard-pressed to match.

Firsts, young & old all part of individual sport award winners

Created On: February 15, 2012
On top of the major awards, lifetime achievement honours and teams that won a provincial championship or higher, the Ottawa Sports Awards also recognized the city’s top athletes in over 60 individual sports at its 59th-annual banquet on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Algonquin College.

Tsunami wrestling forced to close club's home studio

Created On: January 31, 2012
It may wind up being a story of one community’s pain turning into another’s gain.
But for the neighbourhood surrounding Tsunami Academy’s former home just north of Montreal Road on St-Laurent Boulevard, the sudden closing of the youth-oriented martial arts and wrestling club is a significant loss.

Nicholson one rung away from climbing to top of ladder at Canadian Olympic wrestling trials

Updated On: December 21, 2011
Devon Nicholson of the National Capital Wrestling Club came closest out of local athletes to earning Canada’s Olympic wrestling representative designation this past weekend at the national trials in Winnipeg.

Local wrestlers attempt to scale large Olympic mountain at Canadian trials

Created On: December 16, 2011
They’ve followed varied wrestling paths to different parts of the country, but Erica Wiebe, Ilya Abelev and Patrick Okpalugo all face the same difficult challenge as they enter the Canadian Olympic wrestling trials Dec. 15-18 in Winnipeg.

‘Opportunity of a lifetime’ for Abelev

Created On: December 15, 2011
There is no question Abelev is an underdog as a 19-year-old entering his first Olympic trials, but with his fourth-place freestyle finish at last year’s senior nationals serving as evidence, there’s a good possibility Abelev could be an Olympian down the road if not in 2012.

Injuries hurt Okpalugo en route to trials

Created On: December 15, 2011
As a 23-year-old still rising on the national stage, Patrick Okpalugo came awful close to claiming Canada’s Olympic representative designation at the trials before the 2008 Games, but the road back to these Olympic wrestling trials has anything but a steady rise.

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