NCWC News, 2019/2020

Tournoi des Patriotes, February 22, and Quebec Provincial Championships, February 23

On February 22 and 23, the NCWC sent a few wrestlers to Quebec. The Patriotes hosted a tournament on Saturday, and the Quebec Provincial Championships were on Sunday.

Tornoi des Patriotes results
Lochlan Slack: 4-0, gold
Cameron Snyder: 3-0, gold
Braddock Slack: 4-3
Olivier Najah: 0-2

Quebec Provincial Championships results
Virgine Clement: 1-0, gold
Sebastien: 0-1
Gladiator Challenge, February 15
The NCWC sent fifteen wrestlers from the tyke to cadet age groups to Brampton for the Gladiator Challenge. They had excellent results, including coming first in the bantam girls team title!

Tyke results
Lochlan Slack: 2-0, gold
Olivier Najah: 1-1, silver

Novice results
Braddock Slack: 3-0, gold
Maya Harada: 2-0, gold
Jaxon Postma: 0-2, bronze
Jacob Postma: 0-2, bronze

Kid results
Cameron Snyder: 3-0, gold
Braddock Slack (wrestling up an age group, competed in two divisions in one day): 2-1, silver
Grace Postma: 1-1, bronze

Bantam results
Titus Diceman: 4-0, gold
Kristina Robinson: 3-0, gold
Kathryn Robinson: 3-0, gold
James Postma: 3-1, bronze
Toma Harada: 2-1, bronze
Sam Chenier: 0-4

Cadet results
Kai Harada: 3-0, gold
Norm Bujold Rumble, February 8
Thirty-seven NCWC athletes competed at Renfrew's annual tournament on February 8. This included a wide range of ages, from tyke to juvenile. It also included kids from diverse parts of the region, including a sizable showing from the satellite program in Russell. The NCWC kids came home with many medals and ribbons. The strong showing at the Renfrew tournament is a sign of how much the all the NCWC's programs have grown in the last year. Special mention goes to Matt McCarlie, who put together a great team of kids from rural areas in just the year and a half since he started the wrestling program in Russell. Also to Kelsey Dayler, who took over the NCWC's youth program in 2017 and has taken just a few years to have it grow exponentially in size and become a powerhouse. The NCWC has a bright future.
Ontario Juvenile Championships, February 1; and Ontario Cadet Championships, February 2
The NCWC had a fantastic performance at the 2020 Ontario Cadet and Juvenile Provincial Championships. In the overall team standings, they had multiple top five placings:
Juvenile girls: second
Juvenile boys: third
Juvenile combined boys/girls: tied for second
Cadet girls: fifth
Overall results (both age groups, boys and girls): fourth

Ontario Juvenile Championships results
Ismail Ayyoub: 3-0, gold
Laila Seed-Desai: 2-0, gold
Ziad Saif El Nasr: 2-1, silver
Gabrielle Chartrand: 2-1, silver
Samey Al-Beajan: 4-1, bronze
Matthew Vecchio: 2-2, fourth
Kai Harada: 4-2, fifth
Mika Smith: 3-2, fifth
Duncan Shaheen: 2-2, fifth
Allie Schonewille: 0-2
Mohammad Al-Meqdad: 0-2
Charlotte Smith: 0-2
Gillian Diceman: 0-1

Ontario Cadet Championships results
Gabrielle Chartrand: 2-0, gold
Kai Harada: 4-1, silver
Kathryn Robinson: 1-1, silver
Kristina Robinson: 3-2, fifth
Titus Diceman: 2-2
Adnan Almuqdad: 2-2
Abobaker Al-bahrazawi: 1-2
Ali Al-Hammoud: 0-1
Ontario Junior Championships, January 25; and Western Open, January 26
On the last weekend of January, 2020, the combined NCWC/Carleton teams sent athletes to London, Ontario for the Junior Provincial Championships on Saturday and the Western Open on Sunday.

Ontario Junior Championships results
Ismail Ayyoub (NCWC): 2-0, gold
Malak Bel Maniar (Carleton): 2-1, silver
Neil Balaskandarajah (Carleton): 0-3

Western Open results
Ismail Ayyoub (NCWC): 3-1, silver
Peter Shannon (Carleton): 4-1, bronze
Mohamed Hozayen (Carleton): 2-2, fourth
Neil Balaskandarajah (Carleton): 1-2
Steven Johnson (Carleton): 0-2
Mahad Ismael (Carleton): 0-2
Humam Kurim (Carleton): 0-2
Brock Open and K-Bay Open, January 11
On January 11, 2020, the combined NCWC/Carleton teams sent athletes to two tournaments. Younger athletes (elementary school, middle school, high school) went to the K-Bay Open in Barrie and competed for the NCWC or NCWC Youth clubs, and older athletes went to the Brock Open and competed for the Carleton team.

K-Bay Open results
Titus Diceman: 3-0, gold
Toma Harada: 3-0, gold
Lochlan Slack: 3-0, gold
Sam Chenier: 2-0, gold
Cameron Snyder: 2-0, gold
Ismail Ayyoub: 2-0, gold
Ziad Saif El Nasr: 1-0, gold
Braddock Slack: 2-1, silver
Laila Seed-Desai: 2-1, silver
Kai Harada: 1-1, bronze
Duncan Shaheen: 2-1
Maya Harada: 0-2
Allie Schonewille: 0-3
Yazi Hassanabadi: 0-3

Brock Open results
Malak Bel Maniar: 2-2, fifth
Mahad Ismael: 0-2
Steven Johnson: 0-2
Neil Balaskandarajah: 0-2
Humam Kurim: 0-2
Bill MacLeod Memorial Tournament, December 5th; and Canadian Wrestling Trials, December 5th-7th
In the first week of December, the NCWC sent a few wrestlers to Kingston for the Bill MacLeod Memorial Tournament, and then continued on to St. Catherine's for a few of its older wrestlers to compete at the Canadian Wrestling Trials, which are part of what determines the 2020 Olympic team.

Bill MacLeod Memorial Tournament
Kai Harada: 3-0, gold
Laila Seed-Desai: 2-0, gold
Gabby Chartrand: 2-1, bronze

Canadian Wrestling Trials
Alex Brown: 3-0 in the preliminary rounds, 1-2 in the finals, to finish second overall
Ismail Ayyoub: 1-1
Malak Bel Maniar: 0-2
Peter Shannon: 0-1
Quebec Open, November 23rd
The NCWC sent a large group to Pierrefonds, QC for the 2019 Quebec Open. Some athletes who competed were as young as six, and others as old as nineteen.

Samey Al Beajan: 5-0, gold
Ismail Ayyoub: 2-0, gold
Lina Bel Maniar: 2-0, gold
Kristina Robinson: 1-0, gold
Cameron Snyder: 2-0, gold
Lochlan Slack: 3-0, gold
Olivier Maximus Najah: 2-0, gold
Isabel Kleinbub: 2-0, gold
Mika Smith: 2-0, gold
Grace Postma: 0-0, gold (no girls here age and size)
Kai Harada: 2-2, silver
Titus Diceman: 2-1, silver
Nada Bel Maniar: 1-1, silver
Kathryn Robinson: 1-1, silver
Adnan Al Meqdad: 1-1, silver
Sebastien Partington: 1-1, silver
Gabby Chartrand: 3-1, silver
Gillian Diceman: 0-2, silver
James Postma: 0-2, silver
Jaxon Postma: 0-2, silver
Braddock Slack: 3-2, bronze
Mohammed Benismail: 1-2, bronze
Toma Harada: 0-2, bronze
Alvan Akin: 0-2, bronze
Thomas Zachau: 1-4
Mohammad Al Meqdad: 0-1
Maya Harada: 0-3
Allie Schonewille: 0-3
Alex Jones: 0-2
Elio Tittarelli: 0-2
NCWC youth team at the 2019 Quebec Open with youth coaches Alishah Depass and Kelsey Dayler
Team Xtreme Open, November 16th; and York Open, November 17th
The NCWC/Carleton team sent a large group of wrestlers down to the GTA for a weekend to compete in a youth/high school tournament on Saturday and a university tournament on Sunday. Several high school kids competed at both tournaments, and some Carleton wrestlers who only started training when the team was formed a couple of months ago competed for the first time. It was a great experience!

Team Xtreme Tournament
Ismail Ayyoub: 3-0, gold
Kristina Robinson: 1-0, gold
Laila Seed-Desai: 1-1, silver
Gabby Chartrand: 1-1, silver
Gillian Diceman: 2-1, silver
Cameron Snyder: 2-1, silver
Titus Diceman: 1-1, silver
Kai Harada: 2-1, bronze
Sam Chenier: 1-2, bronze
Ziad Saif El Nasr: 3-1, bronze
Kathryn Robinson: 0-2, bronze
Alex Jones: 0-2, bronze
Mohammad Al Meqdad: 1-2
Duncan Shaheen: 1-2
Allie Schonewille: 0-2
Ali Haidari: 0-2

York Tournament
Malak Bel Maniar (Carleton): 3-0, gold
Ismail Ayyoub (NCWC): 2-2, sixth
Ziad Saif El Nasr (NCWC): 4-2
Kai Harada (NCWC): 1-2
Neil Balaskandarajah (Carleton): 0-2
Ben Baggs (Carleton): 0-2
Mohamed Ahmed (Carleton): 0-2
Ryerson Open, November 10th
Two wrestlers who train at NCWC as well as Carleton practices competed at the 2019 Ryerson Open.

Malak Bel Maniar (Carleton): 2-1, gold
Peter Shannon (Carleton): 2-1
McMaster Invitational, November 3rd
The NCWC/Carleton team had a dominant performance at the McMaster Invitational, with three of its five athletes defeating all their opponents from other teams (Alex Brown and Ziad Saif El Nasr beat everyone, while Ismail Ayyoub lost only to his teammate Alex). Congratulations to everyone who competed!

Alex Brown (Carleton): 4-0, gold
Ziad Saif El Nasr (NCWC): 3-0, gold
Ismail Ayyoub (NCWC): 5-1, bronze
Peter Shannon (Carleton): 2-2
Neil Balaskandarajah (Carleton): 0-2

Concordia Invitational, October 27th

The 2019 Concordia Invitational marked the competitive debut of the newly formed Carleton University Wrestling team. Carleton wrestlers train at the NCWC in addition to their own practices on the Carleton campus, and the combined Carleton/NCWC team sent seven athletes to the first tournament of the new season. We are excited to build this new team in Ottawa! Congratulations especially to Malak Bel Maniar, who won the Carleton Wrestling Team's first ever gold medal (about an hour before Alex Brown won its second, by defeating the NCWC's Ismail Ayyoub in the finals).

Alex Brown (Carleton): 3-0, gold

Malak Bel Maniar (Carleton): 1-0, gold

Ismail Ayyoub (NCWC): 2-1, silver

Wassim Ghadban (Carleton): 2-2

Kai Harada (NCWC): 0-2

Mohamed Benismail (Carleton): 0-2

Mohamed Ahmed (Carleton): 0-2

Welcome to the new season!
The NCWC is going into the 2019/2020 season with a lot of momentum from last year. Over the summer we were proud to become a recipient of the Canada Post Community Foundation Grant, for the purchase of new equipment along with the space for a new high performance program. Thank you to Canada Post for supporting local athletes and allowing us to expand our programming in the next year!

NCWC coaches and athletes, along with representatives from Canada Post, receiving the cheque for the Community Foundation Grant, September 2019

The NCWC had a record-breaking year in 2018/2019. In April, we hosted a very successful Youth Wrestling Festival for wrestlers aged 13 and under from across Ontario. In February, the team collectively came first in the girls' division and second in the boys' division at the Juvenile Provincial Championships. In June, NCWC wrestler Ismail Ayyoub won a gold medal and the Golden Boot for the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the Pan-American Championships in Morelia, Mexico. We had national medalists at the cadet, juvenile, and senior age groups, as well as strong performances from younger wrestlers at Canada East.

NCWC wrestler Ismail Ayyoub with his Pan-American gold medal and Outstanding Wrestler trophy, June 2019

Coaches Chris Schrauwen and Sarah Stringer with the plaques for first place in the girls' division and second place in the boys' division at the Juvenile Provincial Championships, February 2019

2016 Olympic Champion and NCWC alumna Erica Weibe addresses athletes from ages 7 to 13 who competed at the Ontario Youth Wrestling Festival, held at the Earl Armstrong Arena in Ottawa, April 2019