Lakehead University

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Championship Cup Preview

November 17th, 2004


Lakehead University will be staging the second annual Championship Cup of Women’s Wrestling this Friday to Sunday at the C. J. Sanders Fieldhouse (the Thunderdome) at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. This unique meet will feature host Lakehead, Simon Fraser University, Brock University, the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, Western University, Memorial University, Cumberland College from Kentucky for the team duals and individual competitions and the team from the United States Olympic Education Centre based at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan for special exhibition duals team events. Grappling fans around the world can catch the mat action online as Friday’s and Saturday’s wrestling will be video webcast live at

The Championship Cup will feature many CIS champions, 11 American wrestlers ranked in the USA Top 10 for their weight classes, Canadian and American Senior national team members, Pan-American Champions, world medallists, and Olympians. Championship Cup organizer and Lakehead Head Coach Francis Clayton said this meet is important in helping to develop women’s wrestling. “It is our hope that this event becomes one of the premiere women's wrestling events anywhere.”

This year’s Cup differs from last year’s duals-only team format in that this year will feature three sections; Friday will see some of the top US Olympic wrestlers take on the University of Calgary and Simon Fraser University in two exhibition duals team events. Saturday will have the CIS teams and Cumberland College face each other in the team duals event as well as featuring the OUA Selects and Canada West Selects wrestling off against the USOEC team in two more team challenges. Sunday will feature an open individual event for all the wrestlers at the meet.

Lakehead Athletic Director Tom Warden said Lakehead is committed to support women’s wrestling. “It is of fundamental importance that Lakehead University continue to support the sport of women’s wrestling. Our institution and conference continue to be leaders in this sport, this tournament is a example of that.”

Championship Cup of Women’s Wrestling Schedule:
Friday, Nov. 19th (1 mat)
7:15 pm USOEC (Team 1) vs U of Calgary (Team 2)
8:15 pm USOEC (Team 1) vs Simon Fraser University (Team 2)

Saturday, Nov. 20 (4 mats)
9:00 am Round 1 (1 vs. 2, 3 vs. 4) Web cast Lakehead vs. SFU
10:00 am Round 2 (1 vs. 3, 2 vs. 4) Web cast Lakehead vs. Brock
11:00 am Round 3 (1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3) Web cast Uof C vs. Cumberland
12:00 pm OUA Selects vs. USOEC Web cast
1:30 pm CAN West vs. USOEC Web cast
3:00 pm Semi Finals (cross over 1 vs 2 and 3 vs. 4) Web cast #1 pool A vs. #2 pool B
4:00 pm 3rd and 4th, 5th and 6th, 7th and 8th Web cast TBA
6:00 pm FINALS Web cast TBA

Saturday Duals Team Round Robin Pools:
Pool 1:
1. SFU
2. Lakehead
3. Alberta
4. Brock

Pool 2:
1. Calgary
2. Memorial
3. Western
4. Cumberland

Sunday, November 21 – Open Individual Tournament

Wrestling Starts at 9 am.


Lakehead University

Coach Clayton said his very young team should be able to give a good account of themselves against some of the best female wrestlers in North America and the world. “Lakehead's women's team is young. We only have one Fourth year wrestler, one Third year, and the remaining all in their first and second years. This makes this event an important one in our development. Our team will see a wide variety of competitors, from world medalists to University level wrestlers and this will be a great challenge for our young wrestlers.”

The Fourth year wrestler is Melody McCague (3rd at 2004 CIS @ 57 kg). Melody is a leader by example, a hard worker with a good team attitude. Melody missed last year's Challenge Cup because of an injury, and is really looking forward to this championship. She was bronze medallist at last year’s CIS National Championships. The third year wrestler is Michel Gorrie who will wrestle at 53 kg. The second year wrestlers are Emily McCague at 70 kg, Sarah Swan at 57 or 61 kg, and Christina Jones at 65 or 70 kg. The first year wrestlers are Mary Jo Michell at 48, Sarah Silva at 53 or 57, Tasha Eady at 61 and Katie Woodinfinden at 80kg. The CIS No. 9 Thunderwolves are coming off a fifth place team finish at the McMaster Invitational. Last year Lakehead placed fourth at the first Championship Cup of Wrestling in the team standings.

Lakehead Roster:
Demars, Alex 53 kg
Eady, Tasha 61 kg
George, Jessica 53 kg
Gorie, M 53 kg
Jones, Christina 65 kg
McCague, Emily 70 kg – 80 kg
McCague, Melody 57 kg – 61kg
Mitchell, Mary Jo 48kg
Silva, Sarah 53kg – 57 kg
Swan, Sarah 57 kg
Woodfinden, Katie 80 kg

For more information about Lakehead Wrestling go to

University of Alberta

The CIS No. 6 University of Alberta Pandas have added a number of women to their roster this year, with hopes of returning to the CIS Team Podium. Three-time CIS Medallist Heidi Kulak (5th Year), and CIS Bronze Medallist Jaclyn Hedges are joined by several newcomers; including former Juvenile National Champion Holly Battig and Juvenile National Silver Medallist Jennifer Zubrack, and Provincial Champion Kathleen White. Other newcomers include Jennifer Obst, a Medical student, and Lisa Lamour, a transfer student who competed at Lakehead University last season, and is therefore ineligible this season, but will compete for exhibition purposes. Perhaps the most prolific addition to this year’s squad is Erica Sharp, a World Silver Medallist and three-time CIS Champion at the University of Calgary. Erica's most recent accomplishments include a bronze medal at the World Cup and a silver medal at the Sunkist International. One of Canada's most accomplished female wrestlers, Erica is definitely a nice addition. Along with Erica, Heidi Kulak will lead this young team, and is already showing the way. She has a perfect 10-0 record so far this year, with wins at the Dino and McMaster Invitationals.

Head Coach Vang Ioannides said his team is looking forward to the Championship Cup. “Lakehead University has taken a leadership role in the development of women's wrestling at the CIS Level. This event is the premier event in Canada, and perhaps North America in terms of offering quality competition in the excitement that only dual meets can provide. The opportunity to webcast this event will hopefully lead to increased awareness of the incredible opportunities that exist for women to compete and study.”

Alberta Roster:
48 KG - Lisa Lamour (Exhibition only)
53 KG - Erica Sharp
57 KG - Jennifer Obst
61 KG - Holly Battig
65 KG - Heidi Kulak
70 KG - Jaclyn Hedges
80 KG - Jennifer Zubrack and Kathleen White

For more information on Alberta Wrestling, go to

Brock University

CIS No. 3 Brock will be a force at the Championship Cup of Wrestling. The team is fresh off winning the women’s team titles at the Concordia Open and the Toronto Invitational. Three-time CIS Champions Heather Sweezey (55 kg) will be a force as she won gold at the SFU Invitational last weekend against Calgary’s Brit Laverdure. Other wrestlers to watch are Alana King at 57 kg who won gold at Concordia and Gold Parahoo who won gold at Concordia and silver at Toronto.

Brock Roster:
Melanie Howitt 112 pounds
Alana King 121 pounds
Heather Sweezey 134 pounds
Liz Martindale 117 pounds
Jesse Bondy 125 pounds
Golda Parahoo 132 pounds
Jenn Aitken 135 pounds
Lindsay MacDonald
Buffy Ainsworth 160 pounds
Jen Hanson 176 pounds
Jocelyn Dresser 165 pounds

For more information on Brock Wrestling; go to

University of Calgary

CIS No. 2 Calgary returns to Thunder Bay hoping to win the Championship Cup after placing second last year behind SFU. Wrestlers to watch are team Captain Britt Laverdure at 57 kg who won Silver at last year's CIS National Championships and Andrea Ross at 53 kg, also a Silver medallist at the CIS Championships.

Calgary Wrestling Head Coach Mitch Ostberg said the Dinos are ready to wrestle. "We're thrilled to participate in the Championship Cup of Women's Wrestling. It's a unique event in the country and a valuable addition to our season because it brings together a wide array of teams from across Canada and the US and gives us an opportunity to match up against opponents we wouldn't normally see. My compliments to Coach Clayton for putting together an event that benefits women's wrestling nationwide."

Leading the Dinos at the Cup will be special Assistant Coach, Christine Nordhagen who is 6-time World Champion, Olympian, and pioneer in women's wrestling.

Calgary Roster:
48 kg Krista Wells
53 kg Andrea Ross
57 kg Britt Laverdure
61 kg Justine Bouchard
65 kg Vanessa Wilson
70 kg Elisa Howes
80 kg Mycal Martin or Katherine Musekamp

Cumberland College

This powerhouse team from Williamsburg, Kentucky is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA and returns to the Championship Cup with the goal of challenging for the team title. Last year they placed third behind SFU and Calgary. Head Coach Kip Flanik believes he has assembled what may be the strongest ever Cumberland squad. Led by Olympian Tocarra Montgomery and a strong group of returnees and freshmen, Cumberland will be a threat at the Cup. This team features a plethora of US national team members, Pan American, and world medallist. Alaina Berube at 63 kg is presently ranked No. 3 in the US, Shelly Ruberg is No. 8 at 63 kg, and Chelsea Roundtree is No. 8 at 53 kg.

Coach Flanik said his team is looking forward to their return to Canada. "We look forward to returning to Thunder Bay to compete in the Lakehead tournament. Coach Clayton ran a first-rate tournament last year and I expect this year to be even better with the addition of more teams and an individual tournament. I'm pleased to get the opportunity to wrestle against some of Canada's best teams!!"

Cumberland Roster:
48kg Aquilla Hills, Sophomore, Philadelphia, Pa.
48kg Daisy Callado, Sophomore, South Grand Praire, Texas
48kg Jessica Medina, Freshman, Okie, Ca.
53kg Othella Lucas, Sophomore, San Diego, CA.
53kg Chelsea Rountree, Freshman, Crestwood, Ky.
57kg Suekoilya Shelly, Sophomore, Bedford, Texas or Alaina Berube, Jr, Escanaba, Michigan
61kg Alaina Berube, Jr, Escanaba, Mi. or Suekoilya Shelly, Sophomore, Bedford, Texas
65kg Heather Martin, Freshman, LaGrange, Ohio or Shelly Ruberg, Junior, Harrison, Ohio
70kg Toccara Montgomery, Senior.,Cleveland, Ohio
80kg Tabitha Golt, Freshman, Chesapeake, Va., or Megan Nevill, Sophomore, Claire, Mi.

For more information on Cumberland Wrestling; go to

Memorial University

The CIS No. 10 squad from St. John’s hopes to make some noise at this year’s Cup. This team features a contigent that are all natives of Newfoundland. There is only one member new to University wrestling. The single rookie is Allison Rockwood, who has an extensive high school background. Kerri-Ann Evely is a very strong wrestler and should be very competitive at the Championship Cup.

Head Coach Glenn Clark is optimistic about his team this season. “I expect that they will improve somewhat on their 8th place finish in the CIS last year.”

Memorial Roster:
Lisa Martin, 48 kg, second year from Bell Island
Carla Bryant, 53 kg, second year from Heart's Content,
Kellee Melendy, 57 kg, second year from Gander
Joanne Hall, 61kg, second year from Stephenville, but missing last year due to medical problems
Allison Rockwood, 65 kg, first year from Heart's Content
Gina Keeping, 80kg second year from Port Aux Basques
Kerri-Ann Evely, 70kg from Carbonear, who is in her third year of the program and is the veteran of the team.

For more information on Memorial Wrestling; go to

Simon Fraser University

The CIS No. 1 Simon Fraser Clan are the defending CIS and Women’s Championship Cup champions. They are also coming off last weekend’s Clansman Invitational that saw many of their wrestlers do very well against very tough opposition. The Clan features many powerful wrestlers including World No. 1 ranked Emily Richardson (two-time CIS Champion) at 59 kg, who won the prestigious Sunkist Open individual title against the USOEC’s Brandy Rosenbrock so wrestling fans may be able to see a renewal of their rivalry. Richardson also won the Clansman Invitational 59 kg title against US No. 2 ranked Sally Roberts last weekend. Sarah White at 51 kg is defending CIS Champion and Jessica Peterson at 55 kg is another wrestler to watch. Heavyweight Shayla Turcotte is also a force on the mat and went 5-0 at the Clansman Invitational to win the heavyweight title.

Head Coach Mike Jones said his team hopes to defend its title. “The concept of this meet by coach Clayton is a very good one as it allows us to look at our teams in a dual meet setting (thus concentrate on individual athletes) rather than be trying to look at 4 mats at once. The team aspect is awesome and our kids really get into figuring out how to defeat another team. It also brings together most of the top North American teams, which at this early stage in the development of the sport is needed. It is our honor to attend again this year.”

SFU Roster:
48kg Ashley Mckilligan, Freshman
51 kg Sarah White, Junior
51 kg Miranda Dick, Sophomore
55 kg Senior Jessica Petersen, and Sophomore Leah Pare
59 kg Senior Emily Richardson and Junior Angela Mah,
67 kg Ashley McManus, Junior
72 - 80 kg Shayla Turcotte, Freshman

For more information on SFU Wrestling, go to

United States Olympic Education Center Team

This will mark the USOEC team’s first appearance at the Cup and they bring a very talented squad for their exhibition matches against some of the best Canadian university wrestlers. The USOEC team is based at Northern Michigan University and draws its athletes from all over the United States; many of whom were on college teams before. The USOEC serves as a development centre for American wrestlers while at the same time the athletes are enrolled in academic subjects at Northern Michigan. The USOEC women’s wrestling program began in September of this year.

Brandy Rosenbrock is ranked No. 1 in the US in the 59 kg class, Sharon Jacobson and Danyelle Hedin are No. 4 and 5 at 55 kg, Ku’u’ini Johnson is No. 6 at 63 kg, Donnell Bradley, Randi Miller , Elena Mena are No. 6-8 at 72 kg, while Liz Short is No. 9 at 48 kg. The team recently finished third as a team and placed two wrestlers in the finals of the Sunkist Kids/ASU International Open Saturday, Oct. 28, in Tempe, Arizona in their first-ever competition.

Head Coach Shannyn J. Gillespie said his team is looking forward to the challenge of the CIS competition. “The US Olympic Education Center is excited to be competing at the Women's Championship Cup. This should be a great challenge against some of Canada's best University wrestlers.”

USOEC Roster:
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Mary Kelly (Mahomet, Ill.)
48 kg/105.5 lbs. - Liz Short (Lombard, Ill.)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. - Debbi Sakai (Miliani, Hawaii)
51 kg/112.25 lbs. or 55 kg/121 lbs. - Amy Borgnini (Terre Haute, Ind.)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Danyelle Hedin (Honolulu, Hawaii)
55 kg/121 lbs. - Sharon Jacobson (El Cajon, Calif.)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Brandy Rosenbrock (Harrison, Mich.)
59 kg/130 lbs. - Linse Meadows (Katy, Texas)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Ku’u’ini Johnson (Honolulu, Hawaii)
63 kg/138.75 lbs. - Teri Lopez (Katy, Texas)
67 kg/147.5 lbs. or 72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Randi Miller (Arlington, Texas)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Elena Mena (St. Paul, Minn.)
72 kg/158.5 lbs. - Donnell Bradley (Aiea, Hawaii)

For more info on USOEC; go to

Western University

The CIS No. 5 Mustangs have a formidable team for the Championship Cup and they are fresh off two, second place team finishes at the McMaster Open and the Toronto Open meets. The Mustangs feature Terri McNutt at 53 kg who is defending OUA Champion and CIS Silver Medallist and is coming off gold medals at the Toronto Open and the McMaster Invitational. First year wrestler Seren Martin won the 80 kg gold at the Toronto Open. Western also has two other excellent athletes in Laura Skopelianos at 48 kg and Sarah Gil who both finished second at the Toronto Open.

Team Coach Chris Capangyarihan said his team is ready for the competition. "Western is looking forward to the Lakehead Duals. Our women feel it's the best competition of the season and enjoy traveling to Thunder Bay. It's great that Lakehead Athletics hosts such a great event."

Western Roster:
Jess Fitzgerald Year 2 Science 65 kg
Laura Skopelianos Year 2 Kinesiology 48 kg
Seren Martin Year 1 Kinesiology 80 kg
Shannon Smart Year 2 Health Science 57 kg
Terri McNutt Year 4 Nursing 53 kg
Sarah Gil Year 4 Science 61 kg
Gillian McCallum Year 2 Social Science 70 kg
Megan McGuire Teacher's College 48 kg

For more info on Western Wrestling; go to

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Last Edited: December 20th, 2004

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