Alberta claims both titles; Williams, Monteith are Wrestlers of the Year


with files by Nicole Betker

February 15, 2014, SASKATOON (ISN) – For the second straight year the University of Alberta captured both the men’s and women’s wrestling titles at the 2014 Canada West Championships in Saskatoon hosted by the University of Saskatchewan.

Men’s Standings

  • 1. Alberta – 45 points
  • 2. Calgary – 30 points
  • 3. Regina – 30 points
  • 4. Winnipeg – 28 points
  • 5. Saskatchewan – 24 points

Women’s Standings

  • 1. Alberta – 32 points
  • 2. Calgary – 31 points
  • 3. Regina – 24 points
  • 4. Saskatchewan – 22 points
  • 5. Winnipeg – 11 points

The Alberta Pandas successfully defended the women’s title with a one point victory over the Calgary Dinos. Calgary did all it could to knock off the reigning champion winning all but two bouts in the final round, but Alberta lost just one. Regina finished third with 24 points, while host- Saskatchewan earned 22 points and Winnipeg rounded out the standings with 11 points.

On the men’s side Alberta captured the banner with 45 points, while the Calgary Dinos finished second with 30 points and the Regina Cougars finished in third also with 30 points. Calgary finished ahead of the Regina in the team standings after the Dinos captured two gold medals in the competition. Winnipeg (28) finished fourth and Saskatchewan (24) rounded out the standings.

On the women’s side, all competitors finishing with the gold medals went undefeated in the dual format Canada West Championship. Winning gold medals for Alberta was Amber Maschke (55-kg), Marlen Figueroa (67-kg) and Madison Beblow (82-kg), while Calgary also claimed three gold medals with Kate Richey (51-kg), Temi Ogunjimi (59-kg) and Jessy Seida (63-kg) finishing first. Saskatchewan’s Annie Monteith (48-kg) and Kristine Longeau (72-kg) were the other gold medalists on Day 2.

On the men’s side, all but the 68-kg weight class were decided by undefeated wrestlers. Alberta’s Adel Taj took the gold in the 68-kg weight class after tie-breaking procedures. Alberta stood on top of the podium five more times on the men’s side. The gold medalists included Melvin Arciaga (54-kg), Dylan Williams (57-kg), Michael Asselstine (61-kg), Drew Belanger (65-kg) and Jason Margo (82-kg). Calgary’s Brian Hutton (72-kg) and Nick Proctor (90-kg), as well as Winnipeg’s Tahir Hamraev (76-kg) and Kyle Nguyen (120-kg) rounded out the other gold medalists for the men.

The top three finishers from each weight class qualify for the CIS Championship February 28-March 1 hosted by the UNB Varsity Reds in Fredericton, N.B.

Individual awards were handed out following the competition.

Undefeated second-year wrestler Annie Monteith (48-kg) from Saskatchewan claimed the women’s wrestler of the year award, while Alberta’s Dylan Williams (57-kg), who was also undefeated, claimed the award on the men’s side.

Rookie of the Year awards went to Alberta’s Melvin Arciaga on the men’s side and Calgary’s Temi Ogunjimi for the women. Both were also undefeated in the tournament. 

For their outstanding athletic ability, contribution in the community and classroom success, Winnipeg’s wrestler Kyle Nguyen and Calgary’s Jessy Seida were named CIS nominees for the Student-Athlete Community Service Award.

Nguyen claimed the gold medal in the 120-kg weight class. His contributions in the Winnipeg community include working with teens with the Healthy Youth Program for Everyone. He is also a strong student in the classroom.

Seida, who claimed the gold medal in the 63-kg weight class, is a strong academic boasts a 3.93 grade point average. She is also a leader in the community volunteering to clean up Calgary after the devasting floods in the summer of 2013. Seida is an active member of the UofC Quiddich team and promotes the famous Harry Potter game in high schools around the city. 

Taking Coach of the Year honours on both the men’s and women’s side is Alberta fourth-year head coach Owen Dawkins. A former Golden Bears wrestler, Dawkins led the Golden Bears and Pandas to successfully defend the Canada West titles. It is the third straight year, he has won the award on the women’s side.


Wrestler of the Year

  • Male: Dylan Williams, Alberta
  • Female: Annie Monteith, Saskatchewan

Rookie of the Year

  • Male: Melvin Arciaga, Alberta
  • Female: Temi Ogunjimi, Calgary

Student-Athlete/Community Service Nominees

  • Male: Kyle Nguyen, Winnipeg
  • Female: Jessy Seida, Calgary

Coach of the Year

  • Male: Owen Dawkins, Alberta
  • Female: Owen Dawkins, Alberta


48 kg

  • Annie Monteith – Saskatchewan
  • Josee Tremblay – Calgary
  • Genie Gokhman – Alberta

51 kg

  • Kate Richey – Calgary
  • Katie Dutchak – Saskatchewan
  • Rachel Alder – Winnipeg

55 kg

  • Amber Maschke – Alberta
  • Emily Kessler – Winnipeg
  • Cara Nania – Calgary

59 kg

  • Temi Ogunjimi – Calgary
  • Danielle Anderson – Regina
  • Cholena Horne – Alberta 

63 kg

  • Jessy Seida – Calgary
  • Theresa Urbanczyk – Alberta
  • Drew Kuhn – Saskatchewan

67 kg

  • Marlen Figueroa – Alberta
  • Kayla Brodner – Regina
  • Ocean Burns – Calgary

72 kg

  • Kristine Longeau – Regina
  • Taylor Follensbee – Saskatchewan
  • Hilary Goble – Calgary

82 kg

  • Madison Beblow – Alberta
  • Emily Foerster – Regina  


54 kg

  • Melvin Arciaga – Alberta
  • Shane Johnson – Saskatchewan
  • Connor McLachlan – Regin  

57 kg

  • Dylan Williams – Alberta
  • Dylan Bray – Saskatchewan
  • Mokhtar Hakimi – Winnipeg

61 kg

  • Michael Asselstine – Alberta
  • Theo Dow – Saskatchewan
  • Reza Mosalla – Regina  

65 kg

  • Drew Belanger – Alberta
  • Mitchell Berenz – Winnipeg
  • Spenser Burk – Calgary

68 kg

  • Adel Taj – Alberta
  • Lucas Hoffert – Regina
  • Brock Munro – Winnipeg  

72 kg

  • Brian Hutton – Calgary
  • Matt Fedler – Regina
  • Malcolm Meekins – Saskatchewan  

76 kg

  • Tahir Hamraev – Winnipeg
  • Connor Hodgins – Calgary
  • Andrew Johnson – Saskatchewan

82 kg

  • Jason Margo – Alberta
  • Rylan Petterson – Regina
  • Steven Sheppard – Calgary

90 kg

  • Nick Proctor – Calgary
  • Daniel Oloumi – Alberta
  • Sean Belisle – Regina

120 kg

  • Kyle Nguyen – Winnipeg
  • Isaac Lubiak – Regina
  • Baldwin Asala – Calgary

Medal winners in each weight class now advance to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) wrestling championships, February 28-March 1 at University of New Brunswick in Fredericton: