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Frank Mensah

 Frank Mensah brings over 14 years of international level wrestling experience, along with 10 years of coaching experience to his position as Head Coach and Program Director of the Coast Wrestling Academy team.  Frank wrestled with the Matman United Wrestling Club in Ontario, where he was captain of the team. He broke all of Bramalea Secondary School’s wrestling records (4x provincial medalist, 2 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal) and received the team’s MVP 4 years in a row; along with 2 Athlete of the Year / Coaches Choice awards for his outstanding performance in wrestling, cross country, track & field and soccer. While still a high school student, Frank competed against Canada’s best junior university wrestlers at the Canadian Junior Nationals for a chance to be called a National Champion. During this intense competition, he managed to bring home 2 gold medals in the Men’s Freestyle and Men’s Greco Roman wrestling division,  which was a birth to Canada’s National Junior (under 20) World Team. Frank eventually received a scholarship to Douglas College in British Columbia, where he went on to become captain of the Douglas College team during the 2005-2006 season. During his college career he became a 2x NCWA All American (3rd in 2005 and 1st in 2006, defeating the returning NCWA champion without giving up a take down for the duration of the tournament). While in college, Frank lost both parents in the process of pursing his life time goal to become an Olympic champion. Frank ended his wrestling career in 2013.  During his career, Frank was : 


 

  • Canadian Olympic Trials 2nd
  • 2x NCWA All American (US College Folkstyle Nationals) 2006 champion, 2005 3rd place
  • 8x Freestyle & Greco Canadian National Medalist (3 gold, 1 silver, 5 bronze)
  • University World Team member· Junior World Team member
  • 4x OFSAA Medalist (2x OFSAA provincial Champion)
  • Dave Shults International (Colorado springs) 4th place
  • 2x Canada Cup medalist (2nd place 2011, 3rd place 2004)
  • 2x SFU Clansman/ Hargobind International medalist (2nd place 2005, 3rd place 2006)​

 After his competing days were over, Frank was offered the position as Head Coach of the Howard Gairy International Wrestling Academy, in which he was responsible for scouting and developing young athletes within the province of B.C, as well as being involved in community development and fundraising. During this time, Frank became involved in coaching kids wrestling, and in fact was the Head Coach of 3 different youth wrestling teams over 7 years involving both boys and girls divisions (ages from Bantam age 6 to Juniors age 20); with ability levels ranging from local, provincial to national, and elite international competitions. He has also continually been involved in coaching clinics, anti-bullying campaigns, and fundraising. Additionally, Frank’s involvement in wrestling has been instrumental in the province’s success at the Cadet / Juvenile Nationals and International competitions. 

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