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Manchester siblings win gold medals at Ontario Cup tournament

Raul Mateo, left and Destiny Mateo after the Ontario Cup tournanent in Guelph, Ontario. (Photo courtesy USA Connecticut Wrestling)

A brother and sister from Manchester participated in the Ontario Cup championships – a United World Wrestling Cadet and Junior tournament – on Saturday (July 6) and both came home with gold medals.

Raul Mateo won gold in the Junior male 65 kilogram (143 pounds) division while his sister Destiny Mateo won a gold in the Junior women division at 55 kilograms (121 pounds). Destiny Mateo also brought home a silver medal in the Cadet division at 53 kilograms (116 pounds).

Raul Mateo went 2-0 to win gold at 65 kilograms in the Junior Division (ages 18-20). He beat Mele Kobaner of Guelph Wrestling Club in Ontario, 9-5 and beat Majinder Rai of Akhana of Champions, 16-6 by technical fall.

Wrestling for the Silverbacks out of eastern Connecticut, Destiny Mateo beat Emalea Drozdow of I-Bay Wrestling Club in a best-of-three series to win the Junior Division title at 55 kilograms. Mateo won the series, 2-0, with a 10-0 technical fall and a pin in 1:53.

In the Cadet Division (ages 15-17) tournament at 53 kilograms, Destiny Mateo went 3-1 in the tournament, dropping a 10-0 decision by technical fall in the final to Tarnpreet Saroya of Ontario’s Warrior Wrestling. Destiny Mateo had a pin (1:01) and a pair of decisions (8-0, 4-2) to get to the final of the tournament.

The tournament was held on the campus of the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario.

Both wrestlers competed for Manchester High last winter. Raul Mateo was 31-4 at 145 pounds as a senior while Destiny Mateo was 2-6 at 120 pounds as a sophomore. Raul Mateo finished fifth at 145 pounds at the Class LL tournament.

2019 Ontario Cup results

 

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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