GCVI wrestler Drewry back in sport, grabs gold in first meet

Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal

GUELPH — The wait was worth it for Katherine Drewry of Guelph CVI at Wednesday’s Ross high school wrestling meet.

Drewry was declared the winner of the girls’ 57.5-kilometre weight class after the referee and timekeepers conferred and it was decided that points awarded to opponent Mylene Manuel of Lourdes were for a move that came just after the buzzer to end the final round. Those points would have given Manuel the win in the tight battle.

“I’m just happy it was a really even match,” Drewry said. “I’ve won silver before and I got creamed in the first five seconds so it was a really fun match to do.”

The Ross meet was the first on the District 10 schedule and attracted more than 130 competitors.

“I like to think it was fun and a tried my hardest,” Drewry said of the start of this season. “Coming out with a medal was a bonus.”

Experiencing the win at Ross has left Drewry hoping she’ll have more medals to display this season.

“The competition is tough and it’s always fun to wrestle new people,” she said.

For Drewry, the first match of the season was a return to competition. A third-year member of the GCVI team, her wrestling in the first two seasons was limited due to injuries — one in rugby the first season and a high ankle sprain in her first bout wrestling last season.

Drewry and Manuel had wrestled one another once before, two years ago in one of Drewry’s few bouts in her rookie season.

“I was a completely different wrestler two years ago,” she said. “We change so much with training and stuff. Both of us grow as athletes.”

At 5-foot-2, Drewry can be one of the smaller wrestlers in her weight class, but she’s adapted to that.

“I think I’ve learned to harness my own ability for my own size,” she said. “I’m quite small so I’ve learned that I have to use my agility and just be agile in a match and not let them outmuscle me because I don’t have as much muscle as my opponent, usually. It’s all in the speed and reaction time.”

Drewry finds contact sports like wrestling and rugby to her liking and actually got involved in wrestling because of rugby.

“I wanted to improve on my rugby skills in terms of tackling and I thought wrestling would be fun to do,” she said. “So I gave it a go.”

Other meets in the D10 schedule include tournaments at Centre Wellington Dec. 7 and Lourdes Feb. 10. The D10 championship meet is to go at Ross Feb. 17 and the CWOSSA final is slated for Centre Wellington Feb. 23.