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Volume 90, Issue 84
Wednesday, March 05, 1997
The Mustang squash team ventured south of the border Feb. 21 and 22 to play in the NCAA championships. Going into the tournament the team was seeded seventh after having a spotless record against American university teams. Western's first opponent was number-two seeded Trinity. Losing 7-2, the team went on to fight for placing. The next opponent was Dartmouth, who was narrowly defeated 5-4. Yale was defeated by a score of 5-4 as well.
The two victories clinched fifth place. Western's top two players had good showings team captain Rob Wilson winning two of three matches and second-ranked Peter Guildenhuys winning all three of his. Along with the team's good showing, coach Jack Fairs was honoured for his tenure and contributions to the game with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. This is the inaugural year for this award and Fairs was thrilled the NCAA decided to give it to a Canadian.
Both men's and women's wrestling squads headed to McMaster Friday for the CIAU finals. The team came in sixth overall but had a number of fine individual performances. Co-captain Scott Proctor had an excellent tournament, winning a silver medal in the 57-kilogram weight class. Mustang woman wrestler Anne Guzman, also in the 57-kilogram class, won a bronze medal. The other co-captain, Kyle Chochorlan, won a bronze medal in the 65-kilogram class.
The Mustang men curlers ventured to the Highland Golf and Country Club for their final bonspiel of the season Feb. 21 and 22 short their skip and best player, Heath McCormick. The team still fared well, finishing third and grabbing a bronze medal. The team started off the tournament with a win over McMaster and then narrowly lost to Waterloo on the last shot of the game. It then went on to defeat Queen's, but gold medal hopes were destroyed in a close loss to Laurier. The bronze-medal match saw the Mustangs face RMC, who they easily defeated. The team ended its season with a record of 8-5.
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