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Coach Francis Clayton of Lakehead’s wrestling program counts hard work, heart, and toughness among the list of traits that define his recruiting class of 2016. The latest recruit to the women’s program, McKenzie Hall, is no exception.
“She’s a hard worker and willing to put the time in to achieve results over the long term,” says Clayton. “McKenzie understands that this is isn’t a 1-year process, it’s a 4 or 5 year commitment, both to earn her degree and help build an elite program here at Lakehead.”
“I like the intensity of the sport and the workouts,” says Hall of her newfound passion for wrestling. “Wrestling is a an individual type of sport but you need a great team to improve, and that’s something I’ve found at Lakehead.”
“I like being up North, Lakehead has a great nursing program, and I wanted to wrestle at University too. I also enjoy skiing.” – McKenzie Hall on choosing Lakehead University
Hall also competed for one year with the Kitchener Matmen club, where she’s coached by Lakehead alumni Steve Gross (Kinesiology, ’12).
Fellow Matmen coach Kevin Ramsubhag adds, “McKenzie’s transformation and progress over the past year alone makes me confident that she’ll have a tremendous upside as a wrestler going forward.”
Notable Achievement: Matmen Mississauga tournament – 2nd place – 60kg (’15)