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With the help of the local wrestling community, Lakehead Coach Francis Clayton continues to bolster his line-up for the 2016-17 season with homegrown student athletes.
The latest addition is Casey Turner, of Churchill High School, who has benefitted from the network of Lakehead alumni who continue to grow the sport in Thunder Bay at the grassroots level.
Turner, who placed 6th at OFSAA this year in the 57.5 kg division, is coached at Churchill by Lakehead Wall of Famer Mike Thomas. Since beginning to wrestle in grade eight, Casey has been influenced on the mat by the likes of Jessica Bershatsky, Jason Bresele, Shane Comeau, Steve Gross and Dustin Helwig, all of whom are Lakehead alumni.
“I’m really excited to wrestle for Lakehead, and wrestle for Francis and Justin,” says Turner, referring to the Thunderwolves’ coach Clayton and assistant coach Justin Beau Parlant. “I think it’s awesome, especially growing up in Thunder Bay and continuing to wrestle here.”
“It make me proud to see Casey all through high school and then come into university,” said Bershatsky at Casey’s letter of intent signing event in the Hangar Lounge.