Red Hawks sending fourteen wrestlers to COSSA
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | February 12, 2015
Several Red Hawks wrestlers have advanced to COSSA as a result of their solid performances at the Kawartha Wrestling Championships held at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School (HHSS) on Feb. 11.
Participants from nine different schools competed, including 11 boys and eight girls from the HHSS Red Hawks wrestling team. Fourteen local athletes finished in the top four in their weight category to earn a spot in next week's event.
"They're having a good day so far," said coach Paul Klose in the morning. "It's a very a young team, but our wrestlers that should be winning are winning."
Athletes advancing include Lucas Bortolussi (fourth in the 51 kilogram category), Marques Bortolussi (fourth in the 83 kg category), Lloyd Calfas (fourth in the 130 kg category), Keagan Gillam (first in the 41 kg category), Justin Irvine (fourth in the 72 kg category), Matt Manning (fourth in the 61 kg category), Paul Tom (third in the 77 kg category), Matt Pheaton (first in the 57.5 kg category), Matt Sexsmith (second in the 95 kg category), Sonya Flatman (second in the 54 kg category), Carmen Galea (third in the 61 kg category), Rebecca Hamilton (fourth in the 51 kg category), Claire Kareguesian (third in the 51 kg category) and Emily Klose (second in the 61 kg category).
Klose said the wrestlers had to participate in several events across the region in the time leading up to the championship.
"The more exposure they have on the mat the better it is for a championship," he said.
The ultimate goal, said Klose, is to pin your opponent to the mat. However, points are also awarded for gaining control and throwing the other wrestler. Each match was comprised of two, two-minute rounds.
The COSSA event takes places on Feb. 19 at Quinte Secondary School in Belleville.
Athletes who advance from that event will compete at OFSAA.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.