FREDERICTON, N.B. – St. Marys' own Ryan Stewart captured third place at the Canadian Junior Wrestling Championships here this past weekend.
Ryan, a second-year student and member of the University of Western Ontario Mustangs' wrestling team, won five matches on his way to the podium.
The tournament is for Junior athletes, aged 20 years and younger. Ryan wrestled in town for the St. Marys Wrestling Club and St. Marys DCVI.
Ryan was coming off a serious injury suffered at the Ontario Junior wrestling tournament where he separated his clavicle fighting against the eventual champion. There, he finished a disappointing fifth.
He was still wrestling in pain at the Ontario University championships, where he placed fourth. By the time he reached the Canadian Juniors however, he was fully recovered.
After handily winning his first match, he lost a disappointing second match and was relegated to the consolation round. However, he fought back and won his next four matches in dramatic style to capture the bronze medal.
The assistant coach for the UWO wrestling team, Josip Mrkoci, said that "Ryan is a real scrapper who never gives up."
University of Western Ontario took a team of six athletes to the championship, and Ryan was the only one to medal.
The tournament was won by British Columbia. Ontario placed second and Saskatchewan captured third place. Ryan's weight class, 84 Kilograms (185 pounds), was won by an athlete from Montreal. The silver medalist was from British Columbia.