Wrestling Brings Home Five Medals From Nationals

Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography
Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography

Five members of the University of Saskatchewan wrestling team stood on the podium Saturday as the 2016 season wrapped up at the CIS Championships hosted by the Brock University Badgers in St. Catharines Ont.

Josh Bodnarchuk (57 KG) was the lone Huskie to stand on the top of the podium, with his second consecutive CIS gold medal. The two-time Canada West and national champion defeated Brock's Brian Cowan in the title match to earn his second gold medal in only his second season of competition.

Kiera Prior (82 KG) lost her championship bout with Calgary's Holly Ellsworth-Clark and ended up with the silver medal. Prior was honoured as the 2016 CIS Female Rookie of the Year. Andrew Johnson (82 KG) came up just short in his gold medal match with Brock's Jevon Balfour and will return home with a silver medal.

Picking up bronze for the Huskies were Annie Monteith (48 KG) and Katie Dutchak (51 KG).

Georgina Nelthorpe (72 KG), Richard Cux (54 KG) and Nathan Galan (61 KG) all just missed out on the podium, finishing a respectable fourth at the championship.

The women's team finished fourth in the overall team standings with 28 points. The Brock Badgers won their fifth consecutive title with 69 points in the women's division. On the men's side the Huskies came in sixth with 37 points. Brock's men's team made it a title sweep, claiming the national crown with 80 points.

 

ST. CATHARINES, ON - The Brock University men's and women's wrestling teams were crowned 2016 CIS National Champions in front of a capacity crowd at the Bob Davis Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

The Brock men finished with a total of 80 points, with all 10 wrestlers collecting a medal, finishing with two gold, six silver and two bronze.

Top three finishers for the men were Brock (80), McMaster (52) and Concordia and Guelph tied with 41.

The Brock women, who finished with 69 points, took home medals in seven of eight weight classes, highlighted by four gold and three silver. They become the first women's team to capture five consecutive CIS national wrestling titles.

Brock captain, Olivia Di Bacco goes out on top, winning her first individual CIS gold at 72kg, and becomes the first women's wrestler to lead her team to five straight CIS national championships.

UNB's Alyssa Cleaves along with Alberta's Michael Asselstine and Winnipeg's Finn Higgins were named the 2016 CIS Most Outstanding Wrestlers. The Golden Bears Asselstine becomes the first male wrestler to win the award three consecutive seasons.

Brock's Marty Calder was named the 2016 CIS Men's and Women's Coach of the Year. Other major award winners included Western's Ligrit Sadiku and Saskatchewan's Kiera Prior who were named the 2016 CIS Rookies of the Year. York's Alexandria Town and Winnipeg's Brock Munro were the R.W Pugh Fair Play Award recipients.

Winnipeg's Kyle Nguyen received the CIS Community Service Award.

The Brock wrestling program has now captured 55 championships (33 OUA, 22 CIS) since their first championship in 1992.

Women Gold Medal Matches

48 kg - Allysa Cleaves (UNB) def Farrantina Gatta (Brock)

51 kg - Kristina Mclaren (Brock) def Jade Papke (Guelph)

55 kg -Carlene Sluberski (Brock) def Clara Nania (Calgary)

59 kg -Emily Schaefer (Brock) def Emma Horner (Lakehead)

63 kg - Linda Morais (Concordia) def Indira Moores (Brock)

67 kg - Alison Carrow (Guelph) def Jessica Brouilettee (Brock)

72 kg - Olivia Di Bacco (Brock) def Gracelynn Doogan (Guelph)

82 kg - Holly Ellsworth-Clark (Calgary) def Kiera Prior (Saskatchewan)

Women's Bronze Medal Matches

48 kg - Annie Monteith (Saskatchewan) def Monica Wood (McMaster)

51 kg - Katie Dutchak (Saskatchewan) def Farah Taj (Alberta)

55 kg - Alexandria Town (York) def Julie Steffler (Western)

59 kg - Tianna Kennett (Calgary ) def Krystin Paquette (Alberta)

63 kg - Temitope Ogunjimi (Calgary) def Brooke Jarrett (Toronto)

67 kg - Kayla Brodner (Regina) def Kelsey Dayler (Lakehead)

72 kg - Kristine Longeau (Regina) def Georgina Nelthorpe (Saskatchewan)

82 kg - Gillian Pegg (Queens) def Carmella Fleurant (Brock)

Men's Gold Medal Matches

54 kg - Oren Furmanov (Guelph) def Sam Jagas (Brock)

57 kg - Josh Bodnarchuk (Saskatchewan) def Brian Cowan (Brock)

61 kg - Mizam Tamaradze (Brock) def Jason Buckle (McMaster)

65 kg - Vince Demaris (Concordia) def Zack Falcioni (Brock)

68 kg - Michael Asselstine (Alberta) def Matt Jagas (Brock)

72 kg - Ahmed Shamiya (McMaster) def Tyler Rowe (Brock)

76 kg - Aleksandr Sofronov (Winnipeg) def Connor Hodgins (Calgary)

82 kg - Jevon Balfour (Brock) def Andrew Johnson (Saskatchewan)

90 kg - Jordie Steen (Concordia) def Grayson St. Laurent (UNB)

100 kg - Finn Higgins (Winnipeg) def Ignatius Pitt (Brock)

120 kg – Tyson Frost (Guelph) def Daniel Oloumi (Alberta)

Men's Bronze Medal Matches

54 kg - Trevor Banks (Concordia) def Richard Cux (Saskatchewan)

57 kg - Ligrit Sadiku (Western) def Melvin Arciaga (Alberta)

61 kg - Dylan Williams (Alberta) def Nathan Galan (Saskatchewan)

65 kg - Omar Ahmed (McMaster) def Callum Mcneice (Calgary)

68 kg - Spenser Burk (Calgary) def Chris Garneau (McMaster)

72 kg - Dima Gershanov (Concordia) def Gaelen Malloy (Regina)

76 kg - Chance Mutuku (Brock) def Bradley MaGarrey (McMaster)

82 kg - Joban Phulka (Mcmaster) def Petr Prokopiev (Concordia)

90 kg - Clayton Pye (Brock) def Nick Proctor (Calgary)

100 kg – Dennis Sutton (Memorial) def Geordie Watkins (Guelph)

120 kg – Kyle Nguyen (Winnipeg) def Kyle Bonk-Dann (Western)

Men's Team Standings

BROCK - 80

MCMASTER - 52

CONCORDIA - 41

GUELPH - 41

ALBERTA - 37

SASKATCHEWAN - 37

CALGARY - 33

WINNIPEG - 32

WESTERN - 15

REGINA - 15

UNB - 12

MEMORIAL - 6

LAKEHEAD - 4

YORK - 4

Women's Team Standings

BROCK - 69

CALGARY - 39

GUELPH - 33

SASKATCHEWAN - 28

REGINA - 17

ALBERTA - 17

UNB - 15

WINNIPEG - 14

CONCORDIA - 13

LAKEHEAD - 13

WESTERN - 11

MCMASTER - 8

QUEENS - 6

YORK - 6

TORONTO - 5

LAURENTIAN - 3