Huskies have good showing at home tournament
For the second year in a row, the University of Regina Cougars
took both the men and women's varsity titles among Canada West
teams at the 2009 Huskie Open Saturday in Saskatoon.
The Cougars were crowned the top team with 61 points on the men's side and 34 on the women's side of the University of Saskatchewan hosted tournament. It's the only time in the season that the Huskies wrestle on home turf.
"The support we have in Saskatoon for wrestling is wonderful," said Huskie head coach Todd Hinds. "We hide what we do in a special room and people don't get to see what we do daily. So thank you for coming out. I'm really pleased with the tournament."
The Cougars had eight men and five women finish in the top three. On the men's side, the Huskies finished second followed by the University of Alberta Golden Bears, the University of Calgary Dinos and the Jamestown Jimmies from North Dakota. The Dinos finished second among the women, followed by the Huskies, Pandas and Jimmies.
"I'm pleased with how we competed this weekend," said Hinds. "We are closer to where we want to be come championship time but we still have some work to do. We had three champions on the men's side and we had some great performances. We still have some work but we have a solid team."
On the men's side, Huskies Ryan Myrfield (72-kg), Daniel Olver (76-kg) and Tim Kent (130-kg) all won gold medals for the Huskies. Beth Thompson (90-kg) was the only gold medalist for the Huskie women's team. Thompson won the medal wrestling up a weight class.
Chris Hobman (82-kg) had the next best finish with a silver medal, while Landon Squires (90-kg) and Shane Johnson (50-kg) rounded out the Huskie medal winners both winning bronze. Banain Cote (61-kg) and Deepak Grover (50-kg) finished fourth, Alex Kelly (68-kg) finished fifth, Mark Downing (57-kg) and Paul Beaton (76-kg) sixth, Joseph Moser (130-kg) seventh and Adam Burbage (76-kg) ninth.
Lindsay Wickstrom (48-kg) finished with a silver medal after defeating a major opponent for the first time in the semifinal. She lost to the reigning CIS champion in the gold medal bout. Koren Pitkethly (55-kg) also won silver. Huskie women's captain Jill Gallays wrestled up a class in 59-kg. She was upset in the semifinal and won the bronze medal. Natasha Kramble (51-kg) also finished with bronze.
The Saskatoon Wrestling Club finished first on both the men and women's side at the tournament. Bryan Blackwell (54-kg), who will join the Huskie squad in January, won the silver medal. Former Huskie wrestlers and now assistant coaches Jeff Adamson (90-kg), Ryley Walker (65-kg) and Megan Buydens (67-kg) all won gold medals.
"They were all dominant in their weight classes," said Hinds. "To have our assistant coaches and former Huskie athletes display a high level of wrestling is good for our younger wrestlers."
Dino Jarrie Barker (59-kg) was handed the most outstanding women's wrestler of the meet award, while Golden Bear Jason Wass won the award on the men's side.
The Huskies will hit the mat next in Edmonton at the Golden Bear Open January 9-10.
Full Individual Results