The Waterloo Regional Matmen Wrestling Club was started in 2005 by Mr. Richard Remillard, a long time veteran of the sport and a very accomplished athlete. Mr. Sean Hughes joined the club the following year and was instrumental in the development of the club in the early years
The club was initially a satellite for the Mississauga Matmen wrestling club which itself was started over 30 years ago. With each season of competition the Waterloo regional chapter has continued to increase in numbers and accomplishments. In 2009 the combined Matmen Club held all the boy’s national championship titles from ages 9 to 18.
An accomplishment no other club has achieved in the history of Canadian amateur wrestling.
The Matmen wrestling club continues to be one of the top clubs in the province and the country. We have had multiple provincial and national men’s and women’s champions as well as Pan-American champions and medalists. Our athletes are highly sought after by university programs and many of them have received scholarships to continue wrestling for their chosen educational institutes.
The club’s current coaching staff includes Mr. Jamie Lopes, Mr. Jeff Deutschlander, Mr. Dan Brown, Mr. Gary Bird and Dr. Ivan Jagas. We currently have a number of new and developing coaches as well. All of our coaches are NCCP trained and were highly accomplished wrestlers at many levels. They have been Ontario High School (OFSAA), Provincial and National Champions as well as international competition medalists. Between all of our coaches there is more than a century of “on the mat experience”. The coaches receive no payment and are involved due to their love of the sport and their wish to repay their community by passing on values and skills they have received from the sport of wrestling.