The Lakehead Thunderwolves wrestling teams put in very strong performances at the CIS national championships Friday in Calgary, Alberta; hosted by the University of Calgary. Lakehead sent a contingent of nine men and five women to the championships and the Wolves have qualified three men and one woman for Saturday’s gold medal bouts and two men and one woman for bronze medal matches.
The gold medal qualifying Lakehead men are Huy Nguyen, Gaston Tardiff, and Chadd Lee while Emma Brightwell is the Lakehead woman who will battle for gold on Saturday. Wrestling for bronze Saturday will be Clayton Serreres and Corey Lee on the men’s side and Jessica Bershatsky on the women’s side. Most of the rest of the Wolves contingent will be wrestling for 5th place on Saturday.
The Wolves men are in second place in the team standings behind Simon Fraser heading into Saturday’s medal rounds with the Clan looking in a good position to capture the team championship with a very strong showing Friday.
On the men’s side; Wolves defending and two-time defending CIS champion Huy Nguyen won matches in the 54 kg weight class over Gilbert Musonza (2-0) of Regina, Gabriel Choueke of Concordia (1-0), and 2-0 over Shujon Mazumder of Toronto. Nguyen will wrestle for gold on Saturday.
At 57 kg, Gaston Tardiff won all three of his matches; 2-0 over Cameron Van Oort of McMaster, 1-0 over Scott Schiller of Concordia, and 2-0 over Troy Lange of Saskatchewan. He too will wrestle for gold Saturday.
Chadd Lee (72 kg) scored 2-0 victories over Ivan Vogel of McGill, Arminder Virk of Simon Fraser, and Scott Hall of Brock. He will wrestle for gold on Saturday.
At 65 kg; the Wolves Clayton Serreres defeated Brett Wells of Alberta and Gurveer Talhan of Concordia by 2-0 scores and lost to Isaac Wing of Simon Fraser 2-0. He will wrestle for bronze Saturday.
Corey Lee (76 kg) won two bouts; 2-1 over Jarred Coels of Regina and 1-0 over Darcy McKinney of UNB and lost his third 2-0 to Daniel Olver of Saskatchewan. He too will wrestle for bronze Saturday.
Colten Woznow (82 kg) defeated Spencer Edwards of Calgary 2-0 and lost to Clete Hanson of Simon Fraser 2-0 and Eric Feunekes of UNB 2-0. Freshman Ben Eaglestone (90 kg) lost his first two preliminary matches by 2-0 scores and then defeated Kevin MacLellan of McMaster 2-1 in his third bout. Jason Chalifoux (130 kg) lost his first two matches by 2-0 and 1-0 scores and then beat C J Thoms of UNB 1-0.
At 61 kg; freshman Angelo Daniele lost all three of his preliminary matches.
On the women’s side; sophomore Emma Brightwell (82 kg) defeated Hillary Greening of Simon Fraser 2-0 and also beat Steph DeVries of Guelph 2-0. She will wrestle for gold on Saturday.
Jessica Bershatsky (48 kg) split her first two matches; defeating Carla Bryant of Memorial 2-0 and losing 2-0 in her second match. She then defeated Kerstyn Yates-Sandberg of Calgary 2-1 in her third match. She will wrestle for bronze Saturday.
Leah Dougherty (59 kg) lost her first two matches but then defeated Josiane Bourque of UNB 2-1 in her third match.
Freshman Aislynn Torfason (63 kg) both her preliminary matches by 2-0 scores while at 55 kg; Alex Demars lost her three preliminary round matches.
The bronze and gold-medal bouts will be video webcast live Saturday by NUTV, the University of Calgary’s campus online television station. The vidcasts can be watched at www.nutv.ca/
and the bronze medal matches begin at 11:30 am MST (1:30 pm EST) with the gold medal matches beginning at 1:00 pm MST (3:00 pm EST).
CIS National Championships Saturday Schedule:
All Times MST (Plus 2 Hours EST)
Saturday February 28
10:00 am – 3:00 pm CIS Competition Jack Simpson Gymnasium (PEB 60)
10:00 am Round 4 - 5th vs 6th, 7th vs 8th Place Matches
11:30 am Round 5 – Bronze Medal Matches
1:00 pm Round 6 – Finals