Takahashi lauded by mayor


By Communications Staff
Monday, January 4, 2010
Western wrestling head coach Ray Takahashi has pinned yet another accolade, being named to London Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best's New Year's honours list.
Takahashi, who has coached the Mustangs since 1985, has helped the program thrive under his leadership and guidance, with OUA team titles in 1990, ‘91, ‘93, and one CIS title in 1990. The women mustangs won their first OUA team title in 2007. He earned OUA coach of the year honours six times and CIS coach of the year honor in 1990.
Ray Takahashi
Under his leadership, Takahashi, a faculty member in the School of Kinesiology, established the Wrestling Wall of Fame in 1985, implemented the women’s program in 1996-97, and inaugurated the Leyshon Trophy (Most Dedicated Wrestler), and the Leyshon Award (financial need award).  
As a member of London-Western and a Mustang, Takahashi won four CIAU (CIS) titles, and competed in numerous international competitions representing Canada. He was named Canadian Wrestler of the year twice (1978, 1984) and was inducted into the Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1991.
After his third Olympic team in 1984 (placed 4th), Takahashi returned to Western to pursue graduate work, which led to the Mustang coaching position.

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