Alberta Sweeps Team Titles At Huskie Open

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Nicole Betker

The University of Alberta took both the men’s and women’s titles at the annual University of Saskatchewan-hosted Huskie Open Saturday in Saskatoon’s Education Gym.

Alberta was crowned the top team with 30 points on the women’s side and 48 on the men’s side.

The Huskie women’s squad finished second in the standings and the men’s team finished third behind the Regina Cougars. The Calgary Dinos, Regina Cougars and Winnipeg Wesmen rounded out the women’s standings, while the Calgary Dinos and Winnipeg Wesmen finished fourth and fifth on the men’s side.

Saskatchewan wrestlers combined for eight medals at the tournament – three gold.

On the men’s side, Ryan Myrfield (72-kg) and Landon Squires (90-kg) both won gold medals for the Huskies. Rookie Katie Dutchak (51-kg) was the only gold medalist for the Huskie women’s team.

Dylan Bray (57-kg), Kathleen Kent (59-kg) and Hannah Franson (51kg) had the next best finishes, each earning silver medals. Theo Dow (57-kg) and Natasha Kramble (48-kg) rounded out the Huskie medal winners with bronze medal performances.

Also competing for the Huskies were: Samson Swan (fourth, 82-kg), Koren Pitkethly (fourth, 55-kg) and Taylor Follensbee (fourth, 72-kg).

The Saskatoon Wrestling Club was the women’s team title winner in the open portion of the tournament, while Bears Wrestling Club took the men’s open title.

Former Huskie wrestlers and now assistant coaches Daniel Olver, Jeff Adamson, Megan Buydens, Jill Gallays and Ryley Walker all competed in the open portion in preparation for the Olympic Trials. Olver defeated Adamson in the 82-kg final. Walker (65-kg) and Gallays (59-kg) each won gold medals, while Buydens took silver in the 63-kg.

The weekend also featured a high school wrestling tournament – the Hound Open – on Friday.

The Huskies will hit the mat next in Edmonton at the Golden Bears Open January 7.

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