The Western men's wrestling team travelled to Kingston Saturday and returned with a promising second-place finish at the Queen's Open tournament, falling only behind the Montreal Wrestling Club.
Leading the Mustang attack was co-captain Scott Proctor who body-slammed Anthony Firmani on his home turf en route to a crushing 12-1 victory in the 72 kg finals. The rest of Western's team did not fall far behind Proctor's lead, achieving top-three finishes in five of the 10 weight classes. Ken Spurvey fell in a close match 12-9 to Chad Pierson of Guelph in the 65 kg class and Mike Smith lost 4-2 to Rob Smyth of Lakehead in the 68 kg class both match finals were lost to former OUAA champions in their respective weight divisions.
"This weekend proved to me that we have a very competitive team," head coach Ray Takahashi said. "But the nature of this sport holds an element of uncertainty, so little things such as avoiding injuries and good draws are important to our future success."
The wrestling Mustangs await their next bout, a tussle at the Guelph Open on Jan. 18.
Despite a snowstorm that held a lot of eastern competition at bay, the Mustang fencing team went to York this weekend and pierced gold.
The dynamic team from Western overturned anything that lay in its path, winning the women's foil, the men's epée, the women's epée and finishing an impressive third in the men's foil.
"The ladies' foil team did exceptionally well," Mustang coach John Buchner said. "Overall we did very well at the competition no team even came close to us.
"Natalie Wee was great this weekend. Her, Jamie Foss and Adrienne Lamb all put in a great effort this weekend and it showed in the final result. There was never really any doubt about the three of them."
On the men's side valiant efforts and great results were struck up by Adam Brown and Peter Sugar, both winning their events.
Ottawa and Toronto recorded distant second and third-place finishes, respectively. The team now awaits its next competition at the Brock West Sectional on the Jan. 25, the first set of provincial championships for the team.