Grondin & Harber happy with OFSAA performance


By Joel Charron

A pair of General Amherst High School Wrestlers have ended their high school wrestling careers on a good note.

Chris Grondin and Aaron Harber both competed in last week’s wrestling OFSAA meet in Peterborough with Grondin picking up silver and Harber capturing sixth place.

Both wrestlers said they were battling an illness during competition but refused to use that as an excuse.

“I may have been sick but I was still able to go to war and wrestle my hardest,” said Grondin. “I will not use me being sick as an excuse.”

A week before OFSAA,    Grondin said he was bed ridden for the entire week and dropped from

Chris Grondin (left) won the silver medal in the unlimited weight class while Aaron Harber took home sixth in the 72 kg weight class. Both General Amherst wrestlers competed at OFSAA March 5-7 in Peterborough.

230 lbs to 219 lbs.  Although the 17-year-old noted that he was fit to wrestle, he mentioned that he had to change how he usually wrestles because of the way his large opponents performed in the matches.

Grondin admits OFSAA gold was his goal but is pleased with his silver medal performance.

“Second at OFSAA is still a good accomplishment,” said Grondin. “It is what it is. Being sick didn’t help but that’s no excuse. It was a great year. We can’t complain.”

The loss in the gold medal match was not only his first loss of the season, but the first time any points had been scored against him as well. The wrestler who beat him, Tyler Tate-Austin of Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School in Brampton, was pinned in 40 seconds the last time the two met, noted Grondin.

Grondin said he has had a “blast” during his wrestling days at Amherst and stated that his career was “far from over.”

Harber said his goal was to make the top ten at OFSAA and got off on the right foot by winning his first match, something that eluded him last year.

“After the first day, it was all uphill from there,” said Harber. “I wasn’t going to stop there. I wanted to be in the top ten.”

Harber also battled illness as he came down with a sinus cold just before the tournament. He also had only one practice the week heading into OFSAA due to the death of his grandfather.

Harber also had to drop 1.8 kilograms in just hours before competition started.

Harber went 5-2 in the tournament and lost his last match by just one point. The Grade 12 Amherst student was pleased with his performance.

“For the most part it was the best wrestling I’ve ever done even with the challenges I had,” said Harber.

Harber credited his coaches and teammates who helped him throughout his high school wrestling career. Harber added that he began wrestling in Grade 11 but admits he should have started in Grade 9.

He also added just going to OFSAA was a privilege.

“Not many people get to go to OFSAA around here,” he said.

Both Grondin and Harber plan to continue wrestling with the Windsor Wrestling Club.

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