Canada West wrestling: Host Alberta claims team titles; Brian Hutton, Jaime Bergenstrom win top awards


February 16, 2013, Edmonton, AB (ISN) – The host Alberta Pandas won the Christine Nordhagen Trophy as women’s team title on Saturday afternoon at the University of Alberta Pavilion, repeating last year’s title, and the Golden Bears took their first conference team crown since 1985, claiming the Rawson Trophy.

Top individual honours as Wrestler of the Year went to Brian Hutton of the Calgary Dinos and Jaime Bergenstrom of the Alberta Pandas.

At 6-2, Hutton competes in the 68 kg weight class, where he claimed gold at this year’s event. The fourth-year Arts student will now move on to compete at the CIS championships. Bergstrom, a second-year Physical Education and Recreation major, won individual gold, going undefeated in the 59 kilo class.

Named male and female Rookies of the Year were Jake Miller from the Winnipeg Wesmen and the Calgary Dinos’ Josée Tremblay.

Miller is a 6-3 native of Barrie, Ont. who joined the young Wesmen roster for 2012-13 and found success by claiming victory in the 76 kg event, while Tremblay, who stands 5-1, hails from Port-Aux-Roches, Ont. and powered through the 48 kg class at this year’s event.

Canada West nominees for the Student-Athlete/Community Service Award at CIS will be Mike Asselstine of the Alberta Golden Bears and Natasha Kramble of the Saskatchewan Huskies.

Asselstine, Canada West Rookie of the Year back in 2007-08, won events at the University of Calgary, Simon Fraser and Alberta during the season and is a representative for both Wrestling Canada and the Alberta Amateur Wrestling Association (AWAA). In his spare time, he is a youth coach and volunteer co-ordinator of numerous tournaments. Kramble placed first at the Huskie, Cougar and Wesmen tournaments in 2012-13. At the Wesmen event, she was named Outstanding Wrestler of the Meet. Kramble is also a Youth Group church leader, a member of Athletes in Action and active in several charities.

Owen Dawkins, once a member of the Golden Bears himself, continues to lead the U of A wrestling program to lofty levels and has been selected by his peers as Coach of the Year for both the men’s and women’s programs for a second consecutive season. For Dawkins, it is the third time in a row he has won the conference women’s team coach award, and in 2001 he went on to win CIS top honours.

Canada West Wrestling:

Men’s Team Points

1 Alberta 43

2 Saskatchewan 33

3 Regina 30

4 Calgary 28

5 Winnipeg 19

Women’s Team Points

1 Alberta 39

2 Calgary 26

3 Regina 25

4 Saskatchewan 22

5 Winnipeg 12

Here are the 2013 Canada West wrestling award winners & champions:


Wrestler of the Year

Male: Brian Hutton, Calgary

Female: Jaime Bergenstrom, Alberta

Rookie of the Year

Male: Jake Miller, Winnipeg

Female: Josée Tremblay, Calgary

Student-Athlete/Community Service Nominees

Male: Mike Asselstine, Alberta

Female: Natasha Kramble, Saskatchewan

Coach of the Year

Male: Owen Dawkins, Alberta

Female: Owen Dawkins, Alberta

Winners by Weight Class


54 kg: Golden Musonza, U of R

57 kg: Steven Schneider, U of R

61 kg: Dylan Williams, U of A

65 kg: Mike Asselstine, U of A

68 kg: Brian Hutton, U of C

72 kg: Ryan Myrfield, U of S

76 kg: Jake Miller, U of W

82 kg: Briston Brenton, U of W

90 kg: Landon Squires, U of S

130 kg: Jamie Hoffman , U of A


48 kg: Josee Tremblay, U of C

51 kg: Natalie Brady, U of A

55 kg: Hayley Thomas, U of A

59 kg: Jaime Bergenstrom, U of A

63 kg: Marlen Figueroa, U of A

67 kg: Lisa McKibben, U of R

72 kg: Molly Bouchard, U of A

82kg: Holly Ellsworth-Clark, U of C

Medal winners in each weight class now advance to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) wrestling championships, March 1-2 at Western University in London, Ont.