TORONTO - The Department of Athletics is proud to welcome back wrestling as a club sport beginning in the fall of 2014. The club will welcome both male and female Ryerson students to participate and learn the sport from internationally accomplished coaches. Students may also have the opportunity to be selected to participate in OUA and CIS competition.

The club will be led by Head Coach Saeed Azarbayjani.  Saeed is a former Olympian, Pan American gold medalist and three time event finalist. He represented Canada in the men's freestyle 60 kg weight class and placed 10th at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Saeed brings a wealth of experience both domestically and internationally; having been the assistant coach most recently at the University of Western Ontario and previously at Brock University.

The club is launching in partnership with Team Impact Wrestling, one of the largest and most accomplished wrestling organizations in Canada. Team Impact is the only national program recognized by Canada Wrestling that provides training at all age levels for both male and female athletes. Ryerson is returning to OUA and CIS after a prolonged absence. The University last fielded a team during the 1986-87 season.

There will be a meeting and information session for anyone interested on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in the Blue and Gold Room (MAC3310, 3rd floor).

Wrestling experience, though welcome, is not necessary.

For further information please contact:
Saeed Azerbayjani at saeedaz@hotmail.com or
Felix Izraitel at felix.izraitel@ryerson.ca