McMaster’s Ahmed Shamiya is practicing what he will be preaching as he took home the Gold medal in his weight class at the Canada Cup in Calgary.

Not only was the Marauders wrestling head coach and alumnus competing in the event, but he was guiding one of his student-athletes at the tournament as well.

Shamiya took down hometown wrestler Connor Hodgins by technical fall in the 86kg class to win the event, while the 2019 OUA Rookie of the Year, Trystan Kato, competed in the 70kg weight class.

The Canada Cup serves as a mid-year tune up for preparing for the Olympic Trials while featuring many of Canada’s top wrestlers and a select number of international competitors from around the world.

Kato faced a pair of senior-aged wrestlers in the bracket he was drawn into, including Ty Lydic of the United States and Calgary Dinos veteran grappler Connor McNeice. Although he was unsuccessful in both matches, he continued to take on top-quality competition over the summer which should help him in the long run.

For Shamiya, the victory at the Canada Cup was just another impressive milestone as he works his way towards the Canadian Wrestling Trials in December. At that event they will determine the country’s Olympic representatives for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.