Lakehead University

Athletics Department

Wolves Announce New Recruits

July 30th, 2007


Lakehead Athletics and Thunderwolves Wrestling Head Coach Owen Dawkins are very happy to announce the new recruits for the 2007-08 Thunderwolves varsity wrestling team.  This year’s class sees the return of a talented Lakehead veteran from the injured ranks, the arrival of an ex-CIS champion transfer student, and one of the best classes of freshmen student-athletes from across Canada to come to Lakehead in a long time.
The freshmen recruits are Stephen Gross of Cambridge, Ontario, Emma Jean Brightwell of Guelph, Ontario, Benjamin Eaglestone of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Craig Sim of Brampton, Ontario, Laurel Ann Knowles of Desbarats, Ontario, Adele Carmen Urness of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Dan Peacock of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Corey Stefanizzi of Thunder Bay, Brigitta Balog of Thunder Bay, and Josiah Fritz Veurink of Thunder Bay.
Coach Dawkins said this year’s recruiting class should help the Thunderwolves to be a strong contender in OUA and CIS wrestling.  “I am very excited to see Mitch Fryia return, as well as have Huy Quoc Nguyen join the Thunderwolves.  This year’s recruiting class looks to be a very strong one with great student-athletes from across Canada.  I am also very happy to have such quality recruits from Thunder Bay; I feel these athletes will be of great help when it comes to rebuilding and raising the local profile of wrestling in Thunder Bay.”
Returning or Transfer Athletes:
Full Name: Mitch Fryia
Date of Birth: Dec 9, 85
Height: 5'10
Weight: 68kg
Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie
Eligibility: Senior
High school Accomplishments: 3 x OFSAA Medallist
University Accomplishments: OUA Wrestling Champion 2006
Future Goals as a Thunderwolf: Provide guidance and leadership for new recruits and helping the team in their quest for both OUA and CIS championships.
Reason for Choosing Lakehead: Fulfilling my degree’s requirements
Coach Dawkins on Fryia:  “Mitch Fryia has overcome a serious neck injury over the last year, which sidelined him for the 06-07 varsity season.  Mitch won the OUA championships in 05-06 that were held in Thunder Bay.  Now that he is healthy, his return is highly anticipated, as he will become a crucial component of the 07-08 Varsity squad. The team is eager to have Mitch’s dedication and leadership back in the practice room.”
Full Name: Huy Quoc Nguyen
Date of Birth: Sept 3, 84
Height: 5’4
Weight: 137lb 63Kg
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Eligibility: Senior
Past Accomplishments: City champ 3 times, provincial champ over half a dozen time, National champion at cadet, juvenile , and juniors, CIS champion, Can west champ 2 times, Junior National Champion,4th Canada summer games.
Future Goals as a Thunderwolf: To continue to further develop my skills and repeating the CIS performance.  Also to lead this team to win CIS national championships and OUA's. 
Reason for Choosing Lakehead:  Team has a lot of talent to help me reach my goals.  Also has a great business program.
Coach Dawkins on Huy Nguyen:  “Huy Nguyen is an experienced wrestler who has come out of retirement for the 07-08 varsity season. Huy comes from Calgary where he had great wrestling success. The talent and experience that Huy possesses is extremely uplifting for the varsity team, as he will add depth to the team’s lighter weights and be a solid training partner for veteran Chris Camarata.  Huy has made a lot of effort to become eligible for the upcoming season, which includes taking extensive summer courses and training vigorously over the summer months. His wrestling ability and past results look very promising for the upcoming season.”  
Freshmen Recruits

Full Name: Stephen Gross
Date of Birth: April 28 1988
Height: 5’6"
Weight: 120lbs - 54.5kg
Hometown: Cambridge Ontario
High school Accomplishments: Two-time OFSAA Champion (44kg, 47.5kg) Silver at OFSAA (51kg)
Club Accomplishments: Second place junior Nationals
Future Goals as a Thunderwolf: Win OUA's/ CIS nationals and move on to world’s.
Reason for Choosing Lakehead: Admire Owen Dawkins ability to coach and fit well with the team
Full Name: Craig Sim
Date of Birth: June 2, 1988
Height: 5'10
Weight: 72kg
Hometown: Brampton, ON
High school Accomplishments: Top 2 in region, top 10 in province last 3
Club Accomplishments: 7th at provincials, 2nd Matman Classic
Future Goals as a Thunderwolf: Contributor to winning a CIS title
Reason for Choosing Lakehead:  Looks like a team with a bright future and
a solid program.
Full Name: Emma Jean Brightwell
Date of Birth: Jan 6/89
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight: 72kg
Hometown: Guelph, Ontario
High school Accomplishments: 3-time OFSAA champion, OFSSA silver medalist, Canada Summer Games Champion, 6 x Provincial Champion, 2 x National Champion, Pan American Pre-Junior Champion
Future Goals as a Thunderwolf: To take my skills to the next level of competition, becoming OUA Champion, and CIS champion.
Reason for choosing Lakehead: Felt the program was best suited for my needs.

Full Name: Benjamin Michael Eaglestone
Date of Birth: Oct 2 1988
Height: 6'1
Weight: 225 pounds
Hometown: Darthmouth, Nova Scotia
High school Accomplishments: 4 time NSSAF champion
Club Accomplishments: Cadet national champion, 2nd at juvenile nationals,
4th at junior nationals
Future Goals as a Thunderwolf: My future goals as a Thunderwolf would be to
help the team win a OUA and a CIS championship.
Reason for Choosing Lakehead: I chose Lakehead because I really liked the
team. There are a bunch of talented wrestlers on the team that will help me improve
and help me reach my future goals in wrestling. I also liked how the team is
very close and they would make anyone fit in with them.

Full Name: Laurel Ann Knowles
Date of Birth: March 23rd, 1988
Height: 5’3"
Weight: 61kg
Hometown: Desbarats On.
High school Accomplishments: Silver medalist, OFSAA 2007.  Team Captain 2003-2007
Club Accomplishments: Bronze Medalist, Ontario Provincial Championships 2006
Future Goals as a Thunderwolf: OUA female team champions
Reason for Choosing Lakehead: Emphasis on team and great reviews from former Thunderwolves

Full Name: Adele Carmen Urness
Date of Birth:  August 12th, 1988 or (08/12/88 )
Height: 5'0
Weight:  43kg
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta
High school Accomplishments: Team Alberta, 4th in Canada in 46kgs
Club Accomplishments: Provincial gold medalist
Future Goals as a Thunderwolf:  To get back on the mat and to start where I left off
Reason for Choosing Lakehead:  Owen Dawkins and the program

Full Name: Dan Peacock
Date of Birth: Feb 8 1988
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 270lbs
Hometown: thunder bay
High school Accomplishments: 2006 + 2007 ofsaa bronze, 2004 cadet provincial silver
Club Accomplishments: 2006 freestyle Greco roman Juvenile Champion
Future Goals as a Thunderwolf: Wrestle until I become a travel athlete and then see what I can do at the national level again
Reason for Choosing Lakehead: Mechanical Engineering program, wrestling team and location
Full Name: Corey Stefanizzi
Date of Birth: March 12, 1989
Height: 5'7"
Hometown: Thunder Bay
High school Accomplishments: Attended OFSSA
Club Accomplishments: Won Bramalea international, which led to being on team Ontario in 2006
Future Goals as a Thunderwolf: Improve both my wrestling technique and fitness                    
Reason for Choosing Lakehead: The Concurrent Education program holds great opportunity
Full Name: Brigitta Balog
Date of Birth: April 19, 1989.
Height: 5'2 or 5'1 and a half :)
Weight: 125 pounds
Hometown: Thunder Bay
High school Accomplishments: Athlete of the Year 2007, Excellence in Education Award for Athletics,
Future Goals as a Thunderwolf: Maintain good grades, be successful in wrestling.
Reason for Choosing Lakehead: I like the programs, heard fabulous things about the school and it's close to home.
Coach Dawkins on Balog: Brigitta will be a great addition to our varsity women’s team; her untapped potential will help her become a CIS medallist in the future
Full Name: Josiah Fritz Veurink
Date of Birth: May 24 1988
Height: 5'10
Hometown: Thunder Bay
High school Accomplishments:1st SSSAA, 1st NWOSSAA, 4th OFSAA
Future Goals as a Thunderwolf: Lakehead wrestling team captain
Reason for Choosing Lakehead: Good wrestling program, close to home, good
kinesiology program.
Coach Dawkins on Veurink: Josiah Will be a great addition to our varsity team this year; he will be challenging last year’s OUA Rookie of the year Corey Lee.

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Last Edited: July 30th, 2007

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