Volume 92, Issue 46
Wednesday, November 25, 1998
Chocorlan proves that size doesn't matter
© Randy Quan/Gazette
By Dave Elia
Kyle Chocorlan may not give you a suplex or a lethal camel clutch, but don't let his size fool you. He can take you down quicker than you might think.
Wrestling for the Mustangs in the 57-kilogram weight class, Kyle is far from what could be called big in size, but according to team captain Scott Proctor, he is one of the best Western has to offer.
"He's a good wrestler, a good competitor and has the technique and desire to always win," Proctor said.
Chocorlan is currently enjoying his fifth year with the wrestling program. He began wrestling in Grade 10 and has competed in both Canadian events and those abroad. Last February he placed in the top 12 at an international meet in Cuba and even more remarkably, finished seventh at the University World Championships in Turkey in June.
"Getting involved all year has really improved Chocorlan's wrestling and overall consistency," said wrestling head coach Ray Takahashi.
According to Proctor, Chocorlan's experience is also an asset to the rest of the team, especially the younger wrestlers who look up to him for leadership and advice.
For Chocorlan, wrestling is more than just competing as it gives him the needed exercise to fight diabetes.
"With diabetes you're supposed to keep it under control," he said. "Wrestling keeps me healthy and active, so the more active I am, the less insulin I have to take [and] the less insulin, the less complications."
Takahashi noted his pupil's medical condition does not stop him from anything especially winning. "He's very dedicated and has lived up to my expectations."
This year Chocorlan got off to a good start by placing third at the University of Toronto Open on Nov. 14.
Since wrestling has a different format than most sports, the initial tournaments do not count towards the Ontario University Athletics championship at the end of the season. Instead, each school fields its best wrestlers for each weight class. Takahashi is confident Chocorlan will represent Western in the OUA finals, as long as he stays free of injury.
"The team should place in the top three this year, but it will be tough against Brock and Lakehead," Chocorlan said.
According to Takahashi, there is little chance of Chocorlan throwing an innocent bystander into a full nelson.
"Kyle's a nice guy," Takahashi said. "He's very modest."
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