Volume 91, Issue 60

Thursday, January 15, 1998

round and round


Proctor is Western's ultimate warrior

Geoff Robins/Gazette
BOTTOMS UP. Mustang wrestling captain Scott Proctor gives a true definition to the words as he takes a teammate for a little ride during team practice on Tuesday night.

By Rey Angelini
Gazette Writer

It takes a special kind of athlete to be able to successfully compete in the sport of wrestling. To become captain of a university team is harder still, but to become one of the best in the country is a rare achievement indeed. Scott Proctor has accomplished all these things while at Western – and he's not done yet.

Currently in his fourth year with the Mustang men's wrestling team, Proctor's hard work and perseverance is paying off in a big way. Prior to the holiday break, Proctor was the country's number-one ranked wrestler in the 68-kilo weight class and he is presently ranked fourth in the 72-kilo class, yet he insists he is not affected by the added pressure which comes with being one of the best at what he does.

"I'm pleased with it and I hope to be there for quite some time," he said.

His commitment to excellence is also not lost on any of his fellow teammates.

"Scott is a great motivator. He definitely brings out the heart in this team," rookie Phil Demarte said. "He makes you work even when you don't feel like it."

Coach Ray Takahashi, who has coached Proctor the past four seasons, agrees that Proctor is a much needed source of inspiration on the team.

"There is no question that Scott is a great captain who works hard all the time," he said.

Takahashi, who has spent 13 years with Western's wrestling program, believes Proctor's leadership abilities are a great asset to his "young, hardworking team."

Proctor, who hails from Mississauga, began wrestling in grade nine and his love for the sport carried over into university.

"Western has a solid wrestling program with a strong tradition," he said. "I'm very proud to be a part of it."

Despite the fact that this year's team is laden with newcomers, the captain believes they can achieve success. His advice to the younger guys is simple.

"I urge them all to stay committed, practice hard and some day it will all pay off. Never get down on yourself."

Some would say the mark of a great athlete is the ability to maintain a solid focus in victory and in defeat. Proctor has proven he does possess this trait. After losing a controversial 3-2 decision during his final match at last weekend's invitational meet at Western, Proctor refused to get discouraged.

"I didn't agree with the calls the ref made. I was awfully disappointed, but I don't dwell on the past," he said.

Wrestling is definitely going to be part of the honours Geography student's future for some time to come.

"I'm coming back for one more year, but right now I'm concerned with winning this season."

The CIAU finals are in early March and Proctor has his sights set on proving he is indeed the best at what he does. Following the university season, he looks forward to competing at the Senior Nationals in May.

Proctor has proven he is an intense competitor and a winner. Which is evident in his own description of what motivates him: "The fear of losing."

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