Ross wrestler Arabadjian eyes top step of OFSAA podium
Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal
GUELPH — Pierre Arabadjian of Ross is using his placing at last year’s OFSAA provincial high school wrestling championship match as motivation for this year.
Arabadijan finished as the provincial silver medalist in the boys’ 64-kilogram class.
“It was a good year last year,” he said. “I started training up at the university and I got some really good people that started helping me out. I’m really fortunate to have the coaching that I have both at high school and at the university. I’m more than grateful for it. I’m just looking to get on the top of that podium this year.”
Wednesday at his home school, Arabadijan started on his way to that goal by claiming the District 10 title in the boys’ 67.5 kg. class.
“D10’s a good tournament,” Arabadjian said. “You can end up with some tough guys and some non-tough guys. It’s a good experience to go out. My matches went the way I wanted. I had a good warm-up and I had a good practice and I have a good team. I hit some shots that I wanted to hit.”
Now a member of the Guelph Junior Wrestling Club, Arabadjian often trains with the senior Guelph Wrestling Club, too.
Top three finishers in each category gained berths in next week’s CWOSSA championship tournament.
“It’s definitely going to up this D10 tournament by a lot,” Arabadjian said of the level of competition at the CWOSSA tournament. “I’m going to have to go in there with a bit of a different mindset. It all depends on who’s in what weight class. Wrestling is that one sport where if you gain two pounds, you can be wrestling someone totally different. My friend says respect every opponent and you really have to in order to be prepared for them.”
For wrestlers, keeping on top of their weight is one of their main focuses during the season, especially with the difference between the more popular weight classes being three kilograms.
“You just have to eat healthy,” Arabadjian said. “You have to eat a little less, maybe spend some time just running around and sweating a little bit. But as long as you do it healthy, that’s what counts.”
Arabadjian does have a plan for the week of practices before the CWOSSA meet.
“I’m a very explosive wrestler and I like wrestling from the outside,” he said. “I should wrestle more from tie-ups and that’s something I would like to improve. I’m working on just staying a little more calm this year and hopefully that’s a goal that I can reach by the end of the season.”
Guelph CVI captured the overall team title with 250 points while Ross was second at 174 and Centre Wellington third at 137. Ross won the girls’ team title with 84 points, three more than Centre Wellington. GCVI took the boys’ title with 171 points while Ross was second at 90.
The CWOSSA tournament is to be held Thursday at Centre Wellington while the OFSAA provincial tournament is to be held at Brampton’s Powerade Centre March 1 to 3.
District 10 Championship Meet
Guelph CVI 250
Centre Wellington 137
Centre Wellington 81
Guelph CVI 79
Guelph CVI 171
Centre Wellington 56
44 kg.: Nayan Brahmbahatt, Guelph CVI
47.5 kg.: Miyuru Herathnayeka, Ross
51 kg.: Ron Preston, Guelph CVI
54 kg.: Vaughan Quintal, Centennial
57.5 kg.: Donny Smart, Guelph CVI
61 kg.: River Hua, Guelph CVI
64 kg.: Mike Corbett, Centre Wellington
67.5 kg.: Pierre Arabadjian, Ross
72 kg.: Justin Hare, Lourdes
77 kg.: Simon Chaves, Guelph CVI
83 kg.: Ben James, Guelph CVI
89 kg.: Joseph Bernardi, Ross
95 kg.: Neal Teri, Centre Wellington
130 kg.: Aaron Pacha, Guelph CVI
41 kg.: Nikola Topper Dixon, Guelph CVI
44 kg.: Maya James, Guelph CVI
47.5 kg.: Rylie George, Centre Wellington
51 kg.: Massouda Abdulhamid, Ross
54 kg.: Taryn McManus, Lourdes
57.5 kg.: Esmee Hotson, Centre Wellington
61 kg.: Sanieka Patterson, Ross
64 kg.: Heather Vink, Centre Wellington
67.5 kg.: Vanessa Thongsomsanith, Ross
72 kg.: Aliesha Lewis, Ross
77 kg.: Erin Brooksbank, Erin
83 kg.: Kara Nixon, Centre Wellington
- Guelph Sports Journal