McMaster wrestlers at Canadian Olympic trials
Photo credit Lindsay Franco
It’s a long way from OFSAA to the Olympics, but first-year
McMaster wrestler Jason Buckle will be taking the first step toward
making that journey. Wrestling in the 55 kg weight class, Buckle
will be competing at the 2012 Canadian Wrestling Qualification
Trials being held in Winnipeg, December 15-18, 2011.
This event will serve as the process for selecting those athletes that will compete for Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Buckle will be joined at the Canadian trials by senior
Marauder teammates and defending OUA champions Ryan Blake (68 kg)
and Kevin MacLellan (84 kg). McMaster alumnus Sean House will also
be competing in the 84 kg weight class.
A graduate of Hamilton St. Jean de Brebeuf high school, Buckle has had an outstanding debut season in McMaster Maroon. Last year’s Ontario (OFSAA) high school champion at 57 kg, Buckle has already captured gold medals at invitational meets hosted at McMaster and the University of Toronto. He will be one of the youngest competitors at the Canadian Trials.
Marauder wrestling coach Nick Cipriano says while Jason is in tough to garner an Olympic team berth, the trials will be great experience. “Jason is talented, loves to compete, and is blessed with an unmatched work ethic,” said Cipriano. “Sending him to the Trials is essentially reinforcing his goal of being an Olympian, and taking part this time around is critically important to his development.”
Coach Cipriano adds that Buckle will be competing this time with more mature wrestlers, some as much as10 years older than he is. However, looking ahead to the 2016 Olympic trials, Buckle will bring this year’s experience and more maturity with him to the competition and he will be a strong candidate for the Canadian team.
Detailed information on the Canadian Olympic Trials including results and webcast links can be found at http://www.cdnwrestlingtrials.com/index.html
McMaster is hosting the 2012 OUA Wrestling Championship on February 10 & 11, 2012 in the Burridge Gymnasium.
The McMaster men’s wrestling team is currently ranked 8th in the latest Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Top-Ten rankings.
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