By Fraser Caldwell
Demonstrating his continued status as one of Canada’s top wrestlers, McMaster’s Ahmed Shamiya topped his weight class at the Canada Cup in Calgary, while guiding one of his young student-athletes at the tournament.
The Marauders head coach and alumnus defeated hometown wrestler Connor Hodgins by technical fall in the 86kg weight class to take home gold from the event in Calgary, while the 2019 OUA Rookie of the Year, Trystan Kato, competed at 70kg.
Featuring Canada’s top wrestlers and a select international field from across the globe, the Canada Cup serves as a mid-year tuneup for those looking toward Olympic Trials.
Kato’s bracket saw the Marauders rookie face off against a pair of senior-aged wrestlers, including Ty Lydic of the United States and Calgary Dinos veteran Connor McNeice. He was unsuccessful in both bouts, but continued his trend of seeing top-quality competition over the course of the summer.
For Shamiya, the triumph in Calgary marked another impressive milestone as he progresses toward December’s Canadian Wrestling Trials, which will determine the country’s Olympic representatives for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.