Genest wrestler leads east end contingent at city championships
Paguaga from Samuel Genest flips Lester B.
Pearson wrestler Keisha Bernier on her back
on her way to winning her third straight gold
medal. Fred Sherwin/Photo
was just another day at the office for Samuel Genest wrestler
Alejandra Paguaga at the NCSSAA wrestling championships
on Wednesday. The Grade 11 student won her third consecutive
gold medal and is well on her way to becoming the most
decorated wrestler the east end has ever produced -- male
(pronounced Pag, as in Tag, wha-ga) was never seriously
challenged as she cruised to her third gold medal in as
was first introduced to wrestling four years ago by her
karate instructor. She took to it immediately, winning
her first gold medal in Grade 9 competing against girls
two and three years her senior.
2011, she won a silver medal competing at the U16 Ontario
Cadet Championships for the first time. She followed that
performance up by defending her NCSSAA crown and then
capturing gold at the OFSAA provincial championships in
April, she won gold at the national cadet championships
competing in the 56kg weight division, earning a berth
on the World Cadet team in the process. At the World Championships
in Hungary she placed fifth.
is hoping for better results competing as a juvenile this
year. She repeated her silver medal performance of a year
ago at the U17 Provincial Championships in London where
she competed in the 60kg division against fellow national
team member Braxton Papadopoulos from Ajax.
dropping six kilograms, to avoid competing against Samuel
Genest teammate Theresa El-Lati, Paguaga easily won gold
in the 54kg weight class.
one more year of high school eligibility left, Paguaga
is already contemplating her future at the university
level and would love nothing more than to represent her
country at the World Championships and perhaps even the
go to the Olympics would be a dream come true," says
Paguaga. "Once I get into university, I definitely
want to try to make the 2016 team."
winning a third gold medal on Wednesday, Paguaga also
won the referees' award for exhibiting sportsmanship,
team leadership and wrestling excellence.
also managed to defend her gold medal in the 57.5 kg division,
and together the two wrestlers helped Samuel Genest place
third in the girls' team competition.
pair will be joined at the OFSAA championships in Peterborough
by 11 other wrestlers from the east end, including seven
members of the Lester B. Pearson wrestling team and four
wrestlers from Cairine Wilson.
Paguaga has Lester B. Pearson wrestler Keisha
Bernier tied up in knots in the gold medal
match at the NCSSAA championships at St. Patrick's
High School on Wednesdayl. Fred Sherwin/Photo
9:30 a.m., Feb. 23)
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