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This exceptional wrestler developed his skills as part of the powerful Lakeview High School Wrestling team.  A dominant force in local, regional and national events, he claimed gold at the 1974 Canadian Junior Olympic Championships, was a 1975 Junior Greco-Roman Canadian Champion and the  64kg division All-Ontario High School (OFSAA)  title holder in 1976.  Competing at the 1976 Pan American Junior Championships in San Salvador, he returned home with a gold in Freestyle and a silver in Greco-Roman.

Pursuing his degree in Physical Education at the University of Western Ontario, he joined the UWO Wrestling Team in 1976, where he trained frequently with fellow Hall of Famer and older brother Brian.  A two time Ontario and Canadian University Champion in 1979 & 80 he claimed the 68 kg Ontario Senior Wrestling title in 1979.

Serving on the Canadian National Wrestling Team from 1980-84, he represented Canada with distinction in a number of international and world events.  Serving as an alternate at the 1980 Canadian Olympic Wrestling Trials, he represented Canada at the 1980 World Cup in Toledo and the 1981 World University Student Games held in Bucharest, Romania.  Having a standout season in 1982, he won the 68kg title at the Canadian Senior Open Wrestling Championships in Vancouver, represented Canada at the World Senior Wrestling Championships in Edmonton and earned a silver medal at the Cuban Invitational Wrestling Competition in Havana.  He highlighted his year by bringing home a bronze medal for his exceptional performance in the 68kg division at the Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane, Australia. He rounded out his tour with the national team, claiming a bronze at the World Cup in Toledo in 1984.


For his exceptional wrestling abilities, he was named Outstanding Wrestler for the City of London in 1978, 1979 & 1980, awarded the George Oliphant Trophy (Outstanding UWO Wrestler) and the Bronze 'W' Award and in 1999 inducted into the University of Western Ontario Wrestling Wall of Fame.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 30, 2000

Lloyd Renken

Thunder Bay
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