They came, they saw, but Bishop Ryan conquered

The Big Move is coming at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School and Celtics’ wrestling team member Brad MaGarrey marked the occasion with some impressive moves of his own on the mat.

MaGarrey’s technical skills against tough out-of-province opponents during the semi-finals and final powered the Grade 12 student to the championship of the boys’ 77-kilogram division at the 41st annual Bishop Ryan Open Wrestling Tournament on Friday (Dec. 13).

A total of 316 competitors from the area and as far away as Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Calgary, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick took part in the competition, which will be the last one held at the school’s Albright Road site before the new BR building opens on Rymal Road East next month.

Tim MaGarrey, who helped guide BR teams to four OFSAA overall championships - and is currently provincial director of the Ontario Amateur Wrestling Association - was head official at the meet.  (Photo courtesy of Hamilton Mountain News)

Tim MaGarrey, who helped guide BR teams to four OFSAA overall championships – and is currently provincial director of the Ontario Amateur Wrestling Association – was head official at the meet. (Photo courtesy of Hamilton Mountain News)

Bishop Ryan Open tournaments have taken place at the Celtics current stomping grounds since 1991. Either Friday the 13th had something to do with it, or it really is time for the relocation, because a power outage in the neighbourhood on Friday morning halted the action for about an hour.

Other Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association wrestlers to take top honours were: Chris Tighe, Bishop Ryan, 38 kg.; Anthony Italiano, Bishop Ryan, 72 kg.; Cassidy Noonan, Brebeuf, 85 kg.; Marissa Welsh, Cathedral, 40 kg.; Victoria Doan, Brebeuf, 47 kg.; Tiana Ewan, Cathedral, 94 kg.

Bishop Ryan captured the team championship for the 23rd time.

“There’s been so many great wrestlers and great tournaments come out of this school and this building,” said MaGarrey, a veteran who captured a BR Open title for the first time. “We’re looking to build even more of a legacy when we’re in the new BR.

“I felt I wrestled well. I put in a lot of hard work during the summer and the off season. I think it’s starting to pay off.”

Bishop Ryan head wrestling coach Sheldon Francis was thrilled with MaGarrey’s impressive come-from-behind semi-final victory (11-5) over Tyrone Gardiner of Calgary. Gardiner is the defending Juvenile Cadet national champion.

“It was exciting, for sure,” Francis said. “Brad showed in the last 10 seconds that he can score seven points in 10 seconds. Those guys (from Calgary) were coming out here getting ready for the national tournament. Hopefully, Brad gets to go to nationals this year and they’ll meet up again.”

The head official at the BR meet was MaGarrey’s father, Tim, who wrestled for the Celtics in 1976 and ’77 before becoming an assistant coach at Bishop Ryan when he graduated from McMaster. He is currently provincial director of the Ontario Amateur Wrestling Association.

“It’s cool,” MaGarrey said of his son’s involvement in the sport.

Dad doesn’t referee his son’s matches.

“The rule of officiating is that any official (of the six that are working) can officiate any match,” MaGarrey said. “But I choose not to. I’d rather stay out of it.”

Along with head coach Harry Mancini, the elder MaGarrey helped guide Bishop Ryan teams to four overall championships at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations level. Said Tim MaGarrey: “I’m proud to say that we still hold the record for the highest number of team points ever scored at OFSSA. That’s when we won our first OFSAA championship in 1981.

“I’ve been associated with this school for a long time while it’s been at this location. Mostly it’s been through helping out with the officiating at events. It’s sad to see the building move on. But I understand they’re moving to a fabulous facility on the hill. That’s nice.”

Paul Bellavia, the captain of the 1981 Bishop Ryan powerhouse squad and a Canadian university champion for McMaster, has a daughter, Amy, who wrestles for the Bishop Tonnos Titans. She advanced as far as the semi-final round.

The upcoming HWCAA wrestling championships and the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference championships are both scheduled to be held at the new BR.

2013 Bishop Ryan Open Results


38 kg – Chris Tighe, Bishop Ryan, over Abid Hossain, Sandalwood
41 kg – Prem Seecharran, Heart Lake, over Conrex Delacruz, Bishop Ryan
44 kg – Marco Palmero, Lakehead, over Hussein DaSilva, Cathedral
47.5 kg – Brody Collison, WinEx, over Mark Mayer, Brebeuf
51 kg – Yousef Clayb, WinEx, over Ahmad Clayb, WinEx
54 kg – Callum McNiece, Calgary, over Ligrit Sadiku, Wolfpack
57.5 kg – Marawan Ahmed, Bateman, over Jasdip Sidu, Heart Lake
61 kg – Steven Chambers, Heart Lake, over Sergei Kofman, UTS
64 kg – Kevin Leatherdale, SCITS, over Todd Wong, Bishop Ryan
67.5 kg – Omar Ahmed, Bateman, over Ford Davidson, Calgary
72 kg – Anthony Italiano, Bishop Ryan, over Seth Laforet, WinEx
77 kg – Brad MaGarrey, Bishop Ryan, over Hassan Hawilo, WinEx
83 kg – Trey Senior, Heart Lake, over Scott MacLellan, Bishop Ryan
89 kg – Drew Anderson, SCITS, over Koldin Collie, E.L. Crossley
95 kg – Connor Warnock, SCITS, over Phillip Summer, KCC
HWT – Justin Ramgotra, Winnipeg, over Stephen Smith, Cathedral.


40 kg – Marissa Welsh, Cathedral, over Chiara Perocco, Xavier
47 kg – Victoria Doan, Brebeuf, over Nicole Mayer, Brebeuf
52 kg – Amber Weibe, Winnipeg, over Lindsay Gray, Secord
56 kg – Karly Kudrinko, Dennis Morris over Kennedy MacIssac, New Brunswick
60 kg – Hannah Taylor, Wolfpack, over Kristina McLaren, Simcoe
64 kg – Tiffany Hibbert, Kent WC, over Gabrielle Fairhurst, Lakehead
70 kg – Alexia Sherland, Lexus Titans, over Taventar Kaur, Lexus Titans
76 kg – Natalie Turenne, Winnipeg, over Kianna Beers, New Brunswick
85 kg – Cassidy Noonan, Brebeuf, over Elinor Brown, Bishop Ryan
94 kg – Tiana Ewan, Cathedral, over Ameerah MacLean, Sandalwood.