The tradition continued in Windsor on Wednesday March 4, as the "New Drury", CKSS Spartans made their mark to capture the first OFSAA Team Title since vacating the hallowed ECD Wrestling Room. Of special note, the 8 man OFSAA squad included 6 members of the last ever Drury rookie team including Jake (72 kg/2nd) and Cole Michaelis (64kg/1st), Colin Moffat 67.5kg/2nd), Suneel (Jose) Rambharose (54kg/top 12), Zahid Neemuchwala (44 kg) and Cody Franke (95kg/3rd). Arthur Mrozek (61kg) and rookie Adam Rochon (77kg) rounded out the team.
The team started with a perfect opening round (7-0 plus a bye) but reminiscent of the Matt Knock bronze medal match in 2004, it came down to the last match of the day. Bitter rivals, Bishop Ryan led for the entire tournament but CK closed the gap by winning 3 semi's compared to BR's 2 wins and 3 losses in the semi's. BR still had the advantage though with 5 going in the top 6 compared to CK's 4.
Cody Franke started it with a solid bronze medal winning match. Within 15 seconds of Cody's win, BR lost a gold and a bronze medal match raising CK's hopes. BR won their 2nd gold medal match so it meant CK needed to win one of three gold medal matches to take the team title. Nothing is ever easy though. In back to back matches, both Jake Michaelis and Colin Moffat came close to clinching it but fell one point short of OFSAA gold. Jake lost on a, could go either way, out-of-bounds call with 5 seconds remaining. That left it to Cole, a 2014 silver medalist, to clinch the team title against an opponent he had beaten twice but who had also defeated him twice this year. The match was tight early but after earning the first 2 disputed points, Cole left nothing to chance, rolling to a 10-0 victory to secure both his and the team's gold medal. Cole went 5-0 with all pin or tech superiority victories, likely the most dominant gold by any Spartan in history. A loss would have meant a 3 point victory for BR but the win gave CK a 5 point margin.
Congratulations to the entire team, coaches Simon Vanellis, James Crowe and Rashad Fataar as well the many Drury alumni who helped out at various times over the year
OFSAA Championships Notes:
The Junior Dynamo Wrestling Club was created as an offshoot of the Drury Wrestling program, offering a recreational program for elementary school students. Practices include instructions in Olympic freestyle wrestling and wrestling related games and drills. Members also have the opportunity to participate in competitions throughout the year.
In November of 1984 the new coach Larry Jaroslawski took over the winning reigns from the original team founder Tom Mooney. The Drury wrestling team quietly climbed out of the Halton basement for the first time in history. A year later at the Halton Championships they surprised everyone but themselves by capturing the team silver medal.
Last updated: March 5, 2015