The Barry Brothers
Michael Barry arrived at Western from Saint John, New Brunswick in 1975. After having trained at a black belt level in judo, a sport that wasn’t organized at Western, Barry took up wrestling.
During his time at Western, Mike competed in many inter-university meets. Between 1975 and 1980, he won the Ontario University Athletic Association titles in 1975 and 1977, the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union titles in 1975 and 1977, silver at the 1975 and 1976 Canadian National Opens, and gold at the 1977, 1978 and 1979 Canadian National Opens. In 1976 he competed at the Montreal Summer Olympics. Barry also competed at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton where he won silver in the 125 pound free-style weight division, and at the Canada Cup competitions of that same year where he won bronze. After leaving Western, Barry competed at the Canada Cup competitions where he won gold in 1981 and bronze in 1984.
Mike Barry went on to study law at the University of Windsor. He was inducted into the Western Wrestling Wall of Fame in 1997, to the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, and to the Mustang “W Club” Hall of Fame in 2006. Today, he practices criminal law in London, Ontario, and operates a judo club for kids.
Back in Halifax, Sean had also taken up wrestling and would also become a world-class free-style wrestler. Sean attended St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, as well as Western where he, along with his brother Mike, was a member of the Mustangs wrestling team. Sean joined the national free-style wrestling team as an alternate to compete at the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics. In 1977, he won the Ontario and Canadian intercollegiate championships and represented Canada at the World Cup. He went on to compete in other national and international championships, including the World Championships in Mexico City where he placed seventh in his division, the Pan-American Games in Puerto Rico, the World Championship in San Diego where he placed ninth, and the Canadian Free-Style Championships in Thunder Bay where he won gold. Sean Barry retired in 1981 after winning the Canadian Open Championship.
Sean Barry went on to pursue a career as an investment advisor in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he also coaches wrestling and soccer and chairs Regina KidSport, an organization that seeks to provide all children with the opportunity to be active and benefit from team sports.