Hundreds of young people from across Ontario are gathered in Windsor for the Federation of Ontario School Sport Associations (OFSAA) wrestling finals at the WFCU Center. Some will know Wednesday if they qualify for the national competitions.
Rhys Ward, a 17-year-old from L’Essor High School in Windsor, is nervous.
He participates Wednesday in a semifinal in his category.
“What’s difficult is the difference between the regions because you fight people in your area all year round and there are people you’ve never seen before,” he says.
According to him, it is technique and patience that make the difference in this context.
The coaches of the wrestling team of L’Essor do a lot to improve the technique of their wrestlers.
Others, like Maxime Boucher of Champlain School in Sudbury, will not be competing in Wednesday’s finals as they have not won their qualifying fights.
The experience was worth it anyway, according to him.
“I met people from Orillia, Windsor, it was really cool,” he says.
The final finals are around 2:30 pm Wednesday. Free entry.