Despite not coming home with any hardware, Laurentian University's young wrestling teams came away from the OUA Championships with a number of top-five finishes in St. Catharines on the weekendand and showed the rest of the province that they will be contenders in the years to come.
On the men's side, local wrestler Dylan Galloway dropped his first two matches to the eventual bronze and gold medallists, and ultimately the OUA Rookie of the Year, before bettering the entry from York for fifth place in the 57-kilogram weight class.
In the 61-kg division, it was much the same story as first-year athlete Alex Aubin was pooled together with the bronze medallist and gold-medal winner, who was also the OUA Most Outstanding Wrestler, before beating the entry from Lakehead for fifth place.
Rounding out the men's team was Ryan Karn who finished in seventh in the 72-kg division in his first year on the team. As a team, the men finished in seventh place with 10 points.
On the women's side, Emily Morgan led the charge with a fourth-place finish in the 55-kg division, losing the bronze-medal match to the wrestler from Lakehead. Sam Demers grabbed fifth in the 72-kg division after losing to the bronze and gold medallist before a come-from-behind victory over the McMaster entry.
Wrapping up the women's team was Sophie Bilodeau as she settled for sixth in the 82-kg division.
As a team, the women finished in a tie for seventh with 12 points.
The Championship concludes the season for the Voyageurs wrestling team.