Nicholas Cryer – 2013 – Coach / Team Official of the Year


Nicholas Cryer started coaching wrestling in Barrie in 2003. A year later, with Al Emond and Brad Chestnut, he helped create the Kempenfelt Bay Wrestling Club. He does most of his coaching there and with the Bear Creek High School team. Since 2003, Nicholas’ coaching staff has placed 7 members on Team Canada; 19 athletes have gone on to compete at the University level or higher; 32 medals at the National Championship (including 11 Gold medals); 17 OFSSA medals (including 4 Gold medals); and 56 Provincial medals (including 26 Gold medals). In the summer of 2012, Nicholas Cryer took 20 athletes to London to participate in a tour of Britain, and compete in a tournament against Great Britain, the United States, and Austria, where they finished in first place. The team then relaxed by watching Canada finish in second place in the women’s event at the London Olympics.

His Juvenile Women’s team placed first at the Provincial Championships, providing Barrie with its first ever Provincial Wrestling Title. The team also placed 3rd in combined men’s and women’s events. In March, his high school team competed at the Junior Nationals in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Bear Creek was the only high school club in attendance and competed against the best University clubs in the Country. All of these teams have at least 1 full time paid coach (usually 3), as well as significant operating budgets. His high school team placed 6th, beating three of the National Training centres and most of the University teams. This would have to be considered an extremely huge accomplishment for a high school level team.

Five of his athletes competed in the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que.. They captured five gold, one silver and one bronze. They also received gold medals for their part in helping the Ontario Provincial male and female teams acquire first place in the Games. In 2013 Cryer was named Coach of Team Canada’s Cadets for the Pan Am Games in Medellin Columbia. The team placed 4th in the Mens and Womens division.

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