Soucy follows up OFSAA performance with another gold medal
by Randy Pascal
Tyanna Soucy may not have felt the need to back-up her surprising gold medal performance at the 2018 OFSAA Wrestling Championships, but
she did that and more just a few weeks later.
Competing at the U17/U19 Canadian Championships in Edmonton, Soucy captured gold in the 80 kg weight class, going three for three in topping a
field of eight elite wrestlers from across the country.
And this, only six more or so after first taking up the sport.
Soucy opened with a 10-0 victory (Technical Fall) over Nicole Steinhauer representing the Calgary Rebels Wrestling Club, before beating
OFSSA silver medal winner Sharon Mallett of the Mariposa Wrestling Club in Barrie in the semis.
The final would pit the Marymount Academy senior opposite Haley Florell from Prince George Wrestling Club, with the northern
Ontario talent again posting a 10-0 (TF) triumph.
"I was surprised, because you think nationals would be humongous," said Soucy, shortly after a recent appearance as goalkeeper for the Regals' girls
soccer team. "I was going there for the experience. I went and surprised myself."
Now garnering some recognition, Soucy and fellow members of Team Ontario then travelled to New York City, competing in the Gotham City Girls
Open, with fellow Sudbury native Jasmine Tessier also taking part.
"The first girl I wrestled was from Tennessee," said Soucy. "I tried some new things on her, some of them worked, some of them didn't." At the moment,
she is enjoying a little time away from the sport, on the heels of a very hectic schedule.
"I am focusing on soccer, right now, but I'm still training, still watching what I am eating." From there, she has committed to as five week military
based program in Sault Ste Marie this summer, as she mixes in a variety of interest.
"I like challenging myself and trying new things," noted Soucy. "I still work on my (wrestling) technique, even when I'm at home. You need to keep fresh
with those things, you don't want to lose them."
"But when I get back, I plan on getting back on track with wrestling."