CFC100 Canisius Crusader WR, St. Francis OL moving back north, joins Gryphons

Guelph welcomes two Canadians playing in the United States back to their Class of 2017.

CFC100 Zeke Margaritis, a wide receiver from Canisius High School and Tyler Grisolia, an offensive lineman from St. Francis High School, have spent the last few years playing in New York State, but now it’s time to come back to Canada and join the Guelph Gryphons.

CFC100 Zeke Margaritis

Courtesy of Zeke Margaritis.

“Guelph has felt like home since the first time I went up there to watch a game in grade nine,” Zeke Margaritis said, who is originally from Hamilton, Ontario. “The football team is young and dedicated to getting back on track and getting back to those winning ways.”

It will take effort and determination from both the players and the coaches to turn any football program around. But, Margaritis is confident in his new coaches. “The coaches are very dedicated to creating something great at the school,” he said. “They’re great and are very energetic about the upcoming season. They’re young and ready to win.”

Zeke Margaritis (#3) celebrates with his teammate.

During his three years playing in the Buffalo, Margaritis was a 2016 New York State champion Canisius Crusaders. The 6’3, 205lbs athlete made the All-Catholic first team and was his school’s wide receiver of the year. When he played with the Westdale Warriors (Hamilton Wentworth District School Board), he was a two-time city champion. He also was named offensive MVP from 2013 to 2015 with Westdale and the Hamilton Ironmen (OVFL).

Tyler Grisolia

Courtesy of Tyler Grisolia.

Originally from Richmond Hill, Ontario, in the Greater Toronto Area, Tyler Grisolia is ready to return to the great white north after a two-year tenure in Athol Springs, New York, with the St. Francis Red Raiders (Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York).

“I chose to commit to Guelph because of its atmosphere and what’s going on. Guelph football is starting to develop into something great and I knew it,” he said. “After my official visit, I fell in love with the football, campus and food!”

Courtesy of Tyler Grisolia.

Prior to his American days, the 6’3, 300lbs future business student spent two years with the Villanova College Knights (York Regional Athletics Association). He has a firm belief that the Guelph coaching staff can turn the team into something special.

“After meeting many coaches I believe their coaching staff and training staff is excellent and has great potential to turn the talk into something fantastic,” he said.

In his senior year with the Red Raiders, Grisolia won First Team All-State, First team Western New York and was a Trench Trophy finalist. In the league championship game, he was named defensive player of the game.

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