This past week the University of Guelph announced the induction of three athletes and several teams into the Gryphon Hall of Fame. One of those athletes was an outstanding football player and scholar. From gryphons.ca story Gryphon Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2012
Rob Wesseling, a Gryphon lineman from 1990-1995, will go down as one of the premiere lineman to ever suit up for Guelph. A three-time CIAU All-Canadian, as well as Academic All-Canadian, Wesseling was the centerpiece of a strong offensive line that won the OUA Yates Cup in 1992.
After collecting numerous awards such as the team’s Rookie of the Year, two President’s Trophies, as well as a Wildman award, Wesseling was named the 1990’s Lineman of the Decade and made the 90’s Team of the Decade. Upon graduation Wesseling was a first round pick of the Edmonton Eskimos.
Also being inducted,
… the entire 1930’s era of Gryphon Football, back when they were referred to as the Guelph Aggies of the Ontario Agricultural College and Ontario Veterinary College. Led by Coach Fred G.“Baldy” Baldwin, the Aggies won five National Championships in Baldwin’s 11 years as coach. Baldy’s win percentage of .692 remains the standard in all modern era coaches. After coaching Guelph, Baldwin moved on to coach the Ottawa Roughriders.
[I love this quote from the Montreal Gazette]
“Freddie’s OAC teams were chronic champions in Intermediate Intercollegiate circles and they played a showboat type of football, featuring odd formations that intrigued the crowd and often baffled the defenses” – Montreal Gazette, May 28th, 1946.
The Aggies collected Dominion Championships in 1932, ‘33, ‘36, ‘38, and ’39. Overall, seven members of that decade have been inducted into the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame.
Look for more details about Rob Wesseling and the 1930’s Aggies in coming days on this blog.