Lakehead University

Athletics Department

Women's Championship Cup of Wrestling Tournament Preview

November 13th, 2003


The first Women’s Championship Cup of Wrestling this Saturday November 15th at Lakehead University’s C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse in Thunder Bay, Ontario will be the largest university women’s duals tournament ever staged in Canada, featuring nine universities from Canada and one from the United States.

Joining host Lakehead will be Simon Fraser University, the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta, McMaster University, Brock University, Memorial University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Saskatchewan, and Cumberland College from Kentucky.

The tournament will be in the duals format, meaning it is run in head to head team competition with each individual match adding up to a final team score against each opponent school. There will be two seeded pools of five teams and each pool will wrestle a round robin schedule. There will be wrestling on four mats at the same time with duals beginning at the start of each hour, beginning at 9 a.m. There are 7 wrestlers per team and each team will wrestle all the opponents in its pool once. The teams will then be placed in their pool from 1 to 5 based upon their win/loss record in their four matches. The No. 1 finishers in each pool will then wrestle for the tournament championship, the No. 2 pool finishers for 3rd and 4th places, No. 3 pool finishers for 5th and 6th, No. 4 pool finishers for 7th and 8th, and No. 5 pool finishers for 9th and 10th.

Live updates of the meet will be given by Their webcasting of the meet will give university wrestling fans in Canada and the US instant access to the results as they happen.

The two seeded round robin pools are:

Pool 1:
1. Calgary
2. Western
3. Lakehead
4. Saskatchewan
5. Memorial

Pool 2:
1. Simon Fraser
2. McMaster
3. Brock
4. Cumberland College
5. Alberta

Pool 1 Team Previews:

No. 1: Calgary Dinos

The Calgary Dinos bring a formidable team to the Championship Cup. The Dinos were CIS National Champions the first three years of CIS women's wrestling; from 1999-2001and Canada West Conference Champions from 2000-2002. Calgary was second at the CIS Nationals for the last two years and were second in the conference championship last year as well.

Leading the Dinos this year is team captain and 5th year wrestler Breanne Graham at 65kg. She recently won an individual bronze medal for Canada at the Women's World Cup of Wrestling in Tokyo, Japan as well as contributed strongly to a team bronze medal amongst the elite field of Japan, USA, Russia, China, Germany, and Greece. New on the Dinos squad is Laura McDougall at 61kg. Laura is in her first year of CIS wrestling and comes off a summer of competing for Canada at the Junior Worlds. McDougall is a hard nosed wrestler with the drive to succeed at the CIS level. Rounding out the lineup is; 48 kg Brandy Ens (2nd year), 53kg Andrea Ross (2nd yr) '03 Junior National silver medallist at 55kg, 57kg Brittanee Laverdure (4th yr), 70kg Germaine Watkins (2nd yr), and 80kg Kelsey Andries (2nd yr) or Alternate Elisa Howes (1st yr).

Head Coach Mitch Ostberg is looking forward to the innovative duals tournament. “The Dinos Women Wrestling Team and I are very excited to be part of this initiative by Lakehead and Coach Francis Clayton. The women's division of the CIS wrestling is growing and improving so this will be an exciting competition. I recently was at the Women's World Cup in Tokyo, Japan coaching our women's national team to a third place finish in the world. The dual meet format for this event, which is the same as the World Cup, is a great way to present wrestling to spectators and very motivating for the athletes. I think we'll see some very intense matches, because the team performance is carried by each competitor. The amount of cheering by teammates and spectators also adds to the atmosphere. Lakehead has a long tradition of hosting great wrestling events and I believe this event will only add to that reputation.” Head Coach: Mitch Ostberg

BREANNE GRAHAM Profile: World Cup Bronze Medallist in October, 2003.
BIRTHDATE: April 10, 1981
HEIGHT: 5’4”
HOMETOWN: Calgary , AB.
FACULTY: Science (4)
A current Geology student at the U of C, Breanne will be entering into her fifth year with the Dinos; wrestling club. A graduate of Crescent Heights High School in Calgary, Breanne will be looked upon to provide leadership among a young squad. She has won numerous university athletic awards and continues to try and balance a busy academic and athletic schedule. Breanne has been a CIS champion two times in two different weight classes winning the 61KG division in 2000 and the 65KG division in 2001. She placed 3rd at last year’s CIS Championships.

No. 2: Western Mustangs

The Western Mustangs come to the Championship Cup fielding a squad of seven wrestlers. Wrestlers to watch are defending OUA champion Terri McNutt, who also placed second at the McMaster open last month and Jessi Fitzgerald who placed fourth at McMaster. Sarah Gil was third in the OUA championships last season.

Western Head Coach Ray Takahashi said the tournament will be a great challenge for Western’s young team. “Western is happy to be included in this inaugural Dual-meet tournament for women. There is a strong tradition of wrestling in Thunder Bay and Francis Clayton has done an outstanding job with the program. He has also developed an excellent women's program and this dual tournament will further build upon the wrestling tradition in Thunder Bay. ”

Western Roster For Championship Cup:

48kg Katie Wilson, Third year, Psychology, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
53kg Terri McNutt, Third year, Nursing, OUA champ '03 (MVP) Joyceville
57kg Shannon Smart, First year Health Sciences, OFSAA 5th, Ont. Provincials 2nd, Kingston, Ont.
61kg Sarah Gil, Third year, Biology, 3rd OUA 02, Kingston, Ont.
65kg Jessi Fitzgerald, First year, MVP HS, top 8 OFSAA, Bancroft, Ont.
70kg Jill McCallum, First year, Social Sciences, OFSAA champ '03, London, Ont.
77kg Jennifer Scheid, Third year, Kinesiology, Elmira, Ont.

Team Coach: Chris Capangyarihan
Trainer: Derek Butterwick

No. 3: Lakehead Thunderwolves

The host Lakehead University Thunderwolves are fresh off a fifth place finish at the McMaster Invitational. Head Coach Francis Clayton wants to build upon that strong finish at the Championship Cup as his team faces very tough competition. Coach Clayton is very proud that Lakehead is hosting this new women’s tournament. “Anytime you can host a high level event like this you bring a lot to the university and the community and I know this will be a great event for women’s university wrestling in Canada.”

Wrestlers to watch are Emily McCague who placed second at McMaster and rookie Rachel Dean who placed third.

Lakehead Thunderwolves Women’s Wrestling New Recruits Info:

1) Lisa Lamour (2 X OFSAA Champion)
2) Cynthia Stacey (OFSAA Medal winner)
3) Kelly Robinson (4th place @ OFSAA)
4) Emily McCague (2nd place @ OFSAA

Transfer students (eligible to compete)
1) Christina Jones (Transfer student – past OFSAA Champion)
2) Rachel Dean (Transfer student – past OFSAA Champion)

1) Sarah Swan (A regional finalist out of Ottawa)
2) Karen Auder (6th place finish at the OFSAA Championships)

2003-2004 Thunderwolves’ Women’s Wrestling Recruiting Class:

Name: Lisa Lamour
Hometown: Sault Sault Marie, Ont.
High School: Sir James Dunn
HS Coach: Ted Fryia

Name: Cynthia Stacey
Hometown: Alliston, Ontario
High School: Banting Memorial
HS Coach: Todd Clarke, Chris Shearer, Bob Emptage and Rick LeRoux

Name: Emily McCague
Hometown: Alliston, Ontario
High School: Banting Memorial
HS Coach: Todd Clarke, Chris Shearer, Bob Emptage and Rick LeRoux

Name: Kelly Robinson
Hometown: Thunder Bay, Ontario
High School: Hammasjold
HS Coach; Harry Curtis

Name: Christina Jones
Hometown: Brampton, Ontario
High School: Bramalea Secondry School
HS Coach: Rich Knill and Kevin Lomas

Name: Karen Auder
High School:
HS Coach: Guy Zink

Name: Rachel Dean

Name: Sarah Swan
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Head Coach: Francis Clayton

No. 4: Saskatchewan Huskies

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies team comes to the Championship Cup with solid group of returning athletes and talented new comers that continue to be the backbone of a solid team. Lead by Head Coach Todd Hinds, The Huskies continually field teams that are filled with strong and technically sound wrestlers in all weight classes. Coach Hinds is very happy to be in Thunder Bay for the first Championship Cup tournament. “Francis Clayton has been a coach, mentor, and friend of mine since 1985. He has always been there to lend a hand or give advice, for which, I have nothing but the greatest respect, for this man and for what he stands for. The Lakehead University Women's Championship Cup of Wrestling duals tournament is another example of his commitment to the sport of wrestling. It takes people like Francis to pave new roads, which makes the sport of wrestling better for all of us. Thanks, Francis.”

Third year wrestler, and team leader, Megan Buydens continues to prove why she is one of the best in Canada West. Buydens, a two time CIS medallist, finished second at the junior nationals this season, and placed 7th at the Junior Worlds in her weight division this season. Buydens returns to the Huskies looking and competing better then ever. Buydens is joined by third year wrestlers Laura Ostrander and Joanne Yanke, who both had outstanding matches at the Univerisity of Calgary Dino Open.

The Huskies squad is rounded out be newcomers Megahn Hobman, Shelby Wells, and Lianne Desjarlais who all bring youth and enthusiasm to the program. The newcomer to watch is Ellen Fritz who placed second in her first Canada West meet. Coach Hinds is excited about the upcoming season as he has a solid group of athletes that are dedicated to making the Huskies a contender in Canada West and the CIS.

Head Coach: Todd Hinds

No. 5: Memorial Seahawks

The Memorial Seahawks are the East Coast contingent at the Championship Cup. Head Coach Glen Clark is bringing a squad of six wresters to Thunder Bay. Clark is very happy to be a part of this new tournament. “I think that Francis has put together a great tournament here. He has done all of us who are interested in women’s wrestling a real favour. I am very much looking forward to the competition.”

Memorial lost three of its real veterans from last year’s squad and has a very young team. Clark feels his team is unlikely to perform as well as his team from last year that placed 8th in the CIS tournament, but also feels it will be a great learning experience for his young charges. “There is plenty of talent among them and a good work ethic, so I expect good things in the long term.”

Wrestlers to watch are the three second year athletes; Lisa Martin at 18 kg, Joanne Hall at 61kg, and Kerri-Ann Evely. Another strong wrestler is rookie Carla Bryant at 57 kg.

Memorial University Championship Cup Roster:

48kg Lisa Martin - Second year. Was a very good high school wrestler who is just now getting strong enough to compete at the university level.
53kg Kayla Harper - Rookie with some high school experience. This will be her first major competition.
57kg Carla Bryant - Rookie with an excellent background. Placed 4th last year at Juvenile nationals. Best national placement 1st.
61kg Joanne Hall - Second year. She should be very competitive here.
65kg Laura Smith - A first year wrestler with some high school experience. This will be her first major competition.
70kg Kerri-Ann Evely - Second year. Placed 5th in CIS tournament last year.

Head Coach: Glenn Clark

Pool 2 Team Previews:

No. 1: Simon Fraser – The Clan

The Simon Fraser Clan bring a powerhouse squad to the Championship Cup. They are the defending CIS national champions, a feat made even more impressive since it was the Clan’s first season in the CIS. Head Coach Mike Jones said his team is looking forward to taking on the competition in Thunder Bay. “I am excited to participate in this inaugural women’s event and sincerely hope that the men’s division of the CIS will follow the example with a similar event. I would eventually like to see this become a national collegiate dual meet championship!!!! It is a great idea and it is a pleasure to support the efforts of Coach Clayton!

The majority of the SFU championship team has returned this season. However, national champion Carol Huynh will not wrestle as she is preparing for the Canadian Olympic team trials in December. Huynh may not wrestle at all this season for SFU, depending upon her results at the trials. Athletes to watch are senior Kathleen Takeda or freshman Miranda Dick. Takeda was the number one ranked CIS wrestler at her weight last year but when SFU entered Huynh, Takeda was not allowed to enter due to CIS rules which allow only one entry per weight class per team. At 53kg SFU will return Sarah White, who was second in the CIS last year as well as finishing second in the Junior worlds this past summer. 59kg sees first year SFU student Jessica Paterson, a transfer from Douglas College. Douglas was third at the senior nationals and just won the Calgary open. National Junior champion Angela Mah is out until Christmas with an injury so SFU will wrestle Emily Richardson at 63kg although she could cover 59 as well if needed. Richardson was the CIS champion at 61kg, national senior champion at 59kg and seventh in the senior world championships. Wrestling at 67kg will be Junior Jenica Day who was 5th in the CIS last season. At 70kg will be Ashlea McManus who was 3rd at the CIS and 3rd at the summer Junior world games. At 77kg will be CIS runner-up Kristina Wolff. SFU may also consider bringing Jeraldine Chan at 59/63kg. Chan was a provincial champion and gives the Clan the ability to adjust their lineup if there were an injury.

SFU has been undefeated in dual meets the past three years, they would have lost to Calgary at the Dinos Open if it weren’t a combined men’s and women’s event.

Head Coach: Mike Jones

No. 2: McMaster Marauders

The McMaster team comes to the Championship Cup fresh off a first place team finish at their own McMaster Invitational Meet. McMaster features Pam Wilson, defending CIS national champion, and Ellen Macro who finished second at the CIS last year. Another wrestler to watch is the up and coming Stef Howorun, a judoka turned wrestler who has the talent and desire to upset everyone.

Head Coach Nick Cipriano said his team will be ready for the Championship Cup. "Our women compete with considerable heart, and it won't be long before they combine heart with skill to raise eyebrows".

McMaster Roster for Championship Cup:

48 kg Krista Howard
53 kg Tamara Kostya
57 kg Lindsey Yule
61 kg Ellen Macro
65 kg Lulu Bursztyn
70 kg Spehanie Howorun
80 kg Pam Wilson

Coach: Nick Cipriano
Trainer: Nikki Del bel

No. 3: Brock Badgers

The Brock Badgers come to the Championship Cup fresh off a third place team finish at the McMaster Invitational. Brock is a traditional powerhouse in OUA and CIS Women’s wrestling and they are the defending OUA champions and placed third at the CIS national championships last year.

Brock will be counting on three-time Canadian Champion Stephanie Szmiett and two-time defending CIS gold medallist Heather Sweezey to lead the way at the Championship Cup.

Brock Wrestlers to Watch:
Heather Sweezey (57kg)
- Fourth year, 3-time OUA Champion, 2-time defending CIS gold medalist (2002, 2003), CIS bronze medalist (2000-01) Jen Hanson (80kg)
- Second Year, 2002-03 OUA Silver, 2002-03 CIS 4trh Place, 2nd Place at 2003 Junior Provincial Championships (77kg)
Golda Parahoo (65 kg)
- Second Year, 2nd Place at 2003 Junior Provincial Championships (63kg)
Liz Martindale (53kg)
- First year, 2003 OFSAA Champion, 2002 OFSAA Silver Medallist
Stephanie Szmiett (48 kg)
- First year, 3-time OFSAA Champion (2000, 01, 03), 3-time Canadian Champion (1999, 2000, 2002)
Jessie Bondy (51kg)
- First year, 2003 OFSAA Silver Medallist, 2001 OFSAA Bronze Medallist, 2002 OFSAA 4th Place, 5th at 2003 Nationals

Team History

- 2002-03 OUA Champions
- 2001-02 OUA Champions
- 2000-01 OUA Champions
- 1999-00 OUA Silver Medalists
- 1998-99 OUA Champions
- 2002-03 CIS Bronze Medalists
- 2001-02 CIS Champions
- 2000-01 CIS Silver Medalists
- 1999-00 CIS Silver Medalists

No. 4: Cumberland College Patriots

Cumberland College from Kentucky is the sole American team at the Championship Cup. Cumberland College is a member of the Mid-South Conference, which is one of the toughest leagues in the NAIA. The Patriot ladies are gearing up for a new season and their sights are set on improving an outstanding season last year. Cumberland is coming off a second place finish at the McMaster Invitational Meet. Head Coach Kip Flanik said the Championship Cup will be a good test for his young squad of wrestlers. “I feel it's a privilege to be invited to this tournament and to wrestle against some of the top teams in Canada. I will be bringing a largely untested and young team, and we hope to gain some valuable experience."

Cumberland welcomes back its outstanding returnees, while embracing a very talented freshman class. Coach Kip Flanik said, "This year's team has the potential to equal that of last year's team and go beyond." Returning will be two-time world silver medallist and 2004 Olympic hopeful Toccara Montgomery, and Junior World team Members Alaina Berube and Jesse Shirley. Alaina is coming off a fourth place finish at the Junior World Cup, and Shirley is returning from an ACL surgery this summer. Also returning will be Jamie Alvesteffer, Shelly Ruberg, Issa Alvarez, Aja Smith and Jesse Clifton. These girls have improved tremendously since last year and, "They will strengthen the team greatly," stated Coach Flanik. Also returning from a year off will be junior Becky D'Ambrosia at 48 kilos, looking to make that weight class one of the most competitive on the team.

This year's freshman class already possesses the talent to lift Cumberland to a new level of competition. The class is the largest in Cumberland's women's wrestling history with recruits from Texas, California, Michigan, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Alaska. Joining the team from Texas are Daisy Coallado, Lauren Lindsey, Suekoilya Shelly, Allison Hooper and Diana Mato. Four of the five competed on the Texas Junior National Team, where Shelly finished fourth in the tournament. Rene Mortenson and Othella Lucas have traveled from California to take part in the Cumberland wrestling tradition. Lucas comes to Cumberland after an impressive high school career and a sixth place finish at the Senior World Team Trials. Sheris Hilliard, a two-time winner at the Junior National Tournament, joins Cumberland from North Dakota. Aquilla Hills, from Pennsylvania, is an extremely talented wrestler and should play a vital role in Cumberland's success. Ashley Sturgeon comes to Cumberland after a successful high school career competing against boys and looks forward to the transition to women's freestyle.

Kristin McKenna and Maggie Klauck bring their wrestling talents from Florida while Iris Mucha travels from Alaska to try her hand in the competition for starting positions at Cumberland. With a strong schedule to match a strong team the Patriot ladies look forward to competing against some of the best wrestlers in the country and also in International competition. As they prepare to face new challenges, Coach Flanik stated, "I am extremely excited about this year's team. We will have weight classes with depth, that should make us even stronger!" Don't miss the Patriot Ladies as they write their chapter in Cumberland's women's wrestling history, with high hopes of obtaining a #1 ranking.”

Head Coach: Kip Flanik

Cumberland College Women's Wrestling History

Toccara Montgomery
* National Champion 2002
* Sarah Hayes - 2002
* Stephanie Bolton - 2002
* Toccara Montgomery - 2002
* Second college in United States to begin women's collegiate wrestling – 1998.
* Cumberland College participated in the first ever duals meet for women's collegiate wrestling in Meadville, Pennsylvania against University of Minnesota-Morris in the 1998-1999 season.

No. 5: Alberta Pandas:

The 2003-04 edition of the University of Alberta Pandas Wrestling has lost a lot of athletes to graduation so this season is a rebuilding year for Head Coach Vang Ioannides. The Pandas are coming off a fourth place team finish at the Dinos Invitational.

Last year’s team, while loaded with talent, did not meet goals set at the beginning of the year due to a rash of injuries. The team even had to recruit athletes as the season went on just to compete, and lost many default matches because they lacked a wrestler in some classes. A small team of four athletes, three of whom won medals, attended on behalf of the U of A at last year’s nationals at Brock.

Fourth-year standout Heidi Kulak will be leading the way this season for the Pandas. Kulak first competed at nationals in March 2001, when she finished fourth, but she improved to a Silver medal performance in 2002 and took a Bronze, last season. Kulak finished first this year at the Calgary Open with a 3-0 record. The Pandas other best performer at Calgary was Jacylyn Hedges who finished 1-3 for sixth place in the 70kg class.

The team is thin on experience, but does have a talented new wrestler in Erin Rainville (53 kg), who was a Provincial champion in high school. Coach Ioannides is hopeful that she can now step it up a notch and be competitive at the CIS level and at the Championship Cup.

Head Coach: Vang Ioannides

Counter: 7045

Last Edited: December 20th, 2004

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