Feb 15, 2015

Brock women, McMaster Men capture OUA Wrestling banners

Source: OUA Communications

New champions were crowned in wrestling at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships on Saturday as the McMaster Marauders and Brock Badgers won the men’s and women’s banners, respectively, at the Ben Avery Gym in Sudbury.

The Marauders tallied 83 points to claim their first men’s title since 1993, edging the Brock Badgers by a single point. The Badgers did not go home empty-handed, however, as they took the women’s crown back from Western with 59 points, making it seven titles in 8 years.

Rounding out the top three were the Western Mustangs on the men’s side and the Guelph Gryphons on the women’s.

McMaster placed in the top three in nine of the eleven possible weight classes, winning three gold, five silver and one bronze medal. Jason Buckle of McMaster was named the OUA’s most outstanding male wrestler after claiming gold in the 61kg division in a rematch of last year’s final against Brock’s Zack Falcioni.

Also winning gold medals for the Marauders were Chris Garneau (68kg) and Joban Phulka (82kg).

McMaster’s Omar Ahmed was named the OUA rookie of the year after winning the silver medal in a close 65kg bout against Nick Rowe of Brock, while McMaster head coach Nick Cipriano earned the coach of the year award after leading his team to the championship. Ali Koca from the York Lions earned the OUA community service award.

In the women’s competition, Brock dominated the standings, medaling in six of eight possible weight classes, taking home four individual gold medals, one silver and one bronze.

Carlene Sluberski earned the OUA’s most outstanding female wrestler award after winning the gold medal in the 55kg class with a victory over Madi Parks from the Western Mustangs.

Also winning individual titles for the Badgers were Jade Parsons (48kg), Emily Schaefer (51kg) and Olivia Di Bacco (72kg). Schaefer was named the OUA’s rookie of the year following her victory, and head coach Marty Calder earned the coach of the year award. Urshian Khalid from the York Lions was named the recipient of the OUA community service award.

In addition to reaching the podium, the top three finishers in each weight class advance to the CIS championships, which will be hosted by the University of Alberta in Edmonton beginning Feb. 27.



1. McMaster (83)
2. Brock (82)
3. Western (64)
4. Guelph (46)
5. York (40)
6. Lakehead (31)
7. Laurentian (25)
8. Queen’s (13)
9. Ryerson (6)
10. Toronto (5)
11. Algoma (4)

1. Brock (59)
2. Western (46)
3. Guelph (44)
4. McMaster (37)
5. Lakehead (34)
6. Laurentian (19)
7. York (12)
8. Algoma (11)
9. Toronto (8)
10. Queen’s (5)


Keegan Trophy (Outstanding Male Wrestler) – Jason Buckle, McMaster
Rookie of the Year – Omar Ahmed, McMaster
Community Service Award – Ali Koca, York
Coach of the Year – Nick Cipriano, McMaster

Outstanding Female Wrestler – Carlene Sluberski, Brock
Rookie of the Year – Emily Schaefer, Brock
Community Service Award – Urshian Khalid, York
Coach of the Year – Marty Calder, Brock


1. Sam Jagas, Brock
2. Chris Waltner, Lakehead
3. Eric Renaud, Western

1. Steven Takahashi, Western
2. Brian Cowan, Brock
3. Elvir Uzonovic, Guelph

1. Jason Buckle, McMaster
2. Zack Falcioni, Brock
3. Peter Shannon, Queen’s

1. Nick Rowe, Brock
2. Omar Ahmed, McMaster
3. Ethan Smith, Western

1. Chris Garneau, McMaster
2. Andrew Mckenzie, Brock
3. Caleb Rutner, Western

1. Tyler Rowe, Brock
2. Ahmed Shamiya, McMaster
3. Richard Balfour, Western

1. Alec Bauer, Western
2. Ben Bradford, Guelph
3. Eric Steffler, McMaster

1. Joban Phulka, McMaster
2. Matrixx Ferreira, Brock
3. Dan Humphrey, Guelph

1. Riley Otto, Western
2. Kevin Barrett, McMaster
3. Ignatius Pitt, Brock

1. Andrii Vorontsov, Brock
2. Andrew Balach, McMaster
3. Kyle Bonk-Dann, Western

1. Ali Koca, York
2. Ahmed Ramadan, McMaster


1. Jade Parsons, Brock
2. Valerie Ouelette, Western
3. Natassya Lu, Guelph

1. Emily Schaefer, Brock
2. Alexandria Town, York
3. Nicole Mazzara, McMaster

1. Carlene Sluberski, Brock
2. Madi Parks, Western
3. Cierra Carere, Guelph

1. Emma Horner, Lakehead
2. Indira Moores, Brock
3. Alyssa Medeiros, Western

1. Alexa Momy, Western
2. Natasha Doroodian, Algoma
3. Jessica Brouillette, Brock

1. Alison Carrow, Guelph
2. Kelsey Dayler, Lakehead
3. Nicole Roach, McMaster

1. Olivia Di Bacco, Brock
2. Gracelynn Doogan, Guelph
3. Grace Bannerman, Toronto

1. Kelsey Gsell, Guelph
2. Alyshia Anderson, McMaster
3. Demi Swann, Laurentian


Canada West Championship Final: Golden Bears three-peat while Dinos take home women’s crown

Source: Canada West Communications

Final: Men’s Results | Men’s Standings | Women’s Results | Women’s Standings

CALGARY – The No. 4 Alberta Golden Bears completed the three-peat, taking home the men’s wrestling title, while the No. 2 Calgary Dinos were the women’s champion, returning to Canada West supremacy.

Women’s Standings
Calgary – 44 points
Alberta – 40 points
Regina – 25 points
Saskatchewan – 22 points
Winnipeg – 19 points
Fraser Valley – 4 points

Men’s Standings
Alberta – 45 points
Saskatchewan – 43 points
Fraser Valley – 40 points
Winnipeg – 39 points
Calgary – 38 points
Regina – 26 points

Four points separated the newly crowned champion Dinos from the reigning champion Alberta Pandas as Calgary won it’s first women’s wrestling championship since 2011, ending Alberta’s three-year takeover.

The Dinos had four gold medal winners including Cara Nania (55kg), Temitope Ogunjimi (63kg), Hilary Goble (72kg), and Holly Ellsworth-Clark (82kg). Coming down to the final round against Alberta, the No. 2 Dinos rallied to take the win with a huge win from Goble in one of the final bouts.

“It’s exciting and I’m excited for the girls,” said Dinos head coach and Canada West Women’s Coach of the Year Mitch Ostberg. “They are the best team in Canada West and I think they’re the best team in the country so it was really neat to see them wrestle well. Alberta is a tough team and we were in trouble there for a little bit, but they came back and won it. I think Hilary Goble getting that fall was huge and it would have been really tight at the end if she hadn’t gotten that fall. Holly’s match at the end was very dramatic and so close too so it was very exciting.”

Also winning gold medals included 2014 Canada West Outstanding Wrestler Annie Monteith (48kg) of Saskatchewan, Alberta’s Hayley Thomas (51kg) and Cholena Horne (59kg) and Regina’s Kayla Brodner (67kg).

In the closest Canada West men’s wrestling championship in years, the Alberta Golden Bears came out on top by just two points over No. 8 Saskatchewan. Just seven points separated the top five teams in the competition that had five of the top ten ranked teams in the country.

“As an athlete, I’ve been in Canada West myself since 1997 and this is the closest race I’ve ever seen,” said Golden Bears head coach and Canada West Men’s Coach of the Year Owen Dawkins. “It’s a testament to the coaches in this conference and how things have improved. With the addition of Fraser Valley, it was a battle this weekend. With our group, we have five rookies on our squad and a whole bunch of injuries, but they worked together and we pulled it out and it was truly a team championship this weekend for us.”

The team win came with Michael Asselstine (61kg) as the only gold medal winner from the Golden Bears. The Winnipeg Wesmen topped the men’s gold medal winners with four over the course of the meet including Mitchell Berenz (65kg), Aleksandr Soronov (76kg), Finn Higgins (90kg), and Kyle Nguyen (120kg). Other gold medal winners included three Huskies in the likes of Josh Bodnarchuk (54kg) who also earned Rookie of the Year honours, Dylan Bray (57kg) as Outstanding Wrestler, and Malcolm Meekins (72kg). Regina’s Lucas Hoffert took home gold in the 68kg weight class while Fraser Valley’s Jasmit Phulka (82kg) and Chanmit Phulka (100kg) won medals in their first ever CIS competition.

All gold, silver, and bronze medal winners will advance to the CIS Championships hosted by the University of Alberta, Feb. 27-28.


Outstanding Wrestler
Male: Dylan Bray – Saskatchewan
Female: Annie Monteith – Saskatchewan

Rookie of the Year
Male: Josh Bodnarchuk – Saskatchewan
Female: Brandy Perry – Alberta

Student-Athlete Community Service Nominee
Male: Brock Munro – Winnipeg
Female: Annie Monteith – Saskatchewan

Coach of the Year:
Men’s: Owen Dawkins – Alberta
Women’s: Mitch Ostberg – Calgary

Women’s Medals

Annie Monteith – Saskatchewan
Josee Tremblay – Calgary
Kaitlin Kucharski – Winnipeg

Hayley Thomas – Alberta
Rachel Alder – Winnipeg
Kate Richey – Calgary

Cara Nania – Calgary
Emily Kessler – Winnipeg
Laryssa Barry – Saskatchewan

Cholena Horne – Alberta
Indhyra Linares – Regina
Lisa Brise – Saskatchewan

Temitope Ogunjimi – Calgary
Krystin Paquette – Alberta
Sena Debia – Regina

Kayla Brodner – Regina
Brandy Perry – Alberta
Cassidy Barnert – Calgary

Hilary Goble – Calgary
Molly Bouchard – Alberta
Dalynn McKay – Regina

Holly Ellsworth-Clark – Calgary
Marlen Figueroa – Alberta
Megan Nelthorpe – Saskatchewan

Men’s Medals

54 kg
Josh Bodnarchuk – Saskatchewan
Steven McCarville – Alberta
Freddie Aziz – Calgary

Dylan Bray – Saskatchewan
Dylan Williams – Alberta
Roland Yong – Calgary

Michael Asselstine – Alberta
Aso Palani – Fraser Valley
Nathan Galan – Saskatchewan

Mitchell Berenz – Winnipeg
Cody Osborne – Alberta
Spenser Burk – Calgary

Lucas Hoffert – Regina
Tyler Buchan – Calgary
Drew Belanger – Alberta

Malcolm Meekins – Saskatchewan
Devin Purewal – Fraser Valley
Kyle Horvath – Calgary

Aleksandr Soronov – Winnipeg
Connor Hodgins – Calgary
Hidde Van Der Kamp – Alberta

Jasmit Phulka – Fraser Valley
Andrew Johnson – Saskatchewan
Ben Christopher – Winnipeg

Finn Higgins – Winnipeg
Brad Hildenbrandt – Fraser Valley
Nick Proctor – Calgary

Chanmit Phulka – Fraser Valley
Daniel Oloumi – Alberta
Jacob Luczak – Regina

Kyle Nguyen – Winnipeg
Manheet Kalhon – Fraser Valley
Jacob Philips – Saskatchewan