Volume 92, Issue 67

Wednesday, January 27, 1999

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SPORTS

Hard court revenge for Western

Domination on the track and field

Stiff competition stifles Mustangs

Stiff competition stifles Mustangs



By Justin Klein
Gazette Staff



On Sunday, the Western Mustang wrestling team were hoping to wrestle with their fate and pin down a victory at the Guelph Open. With the tough competition consisting of both club players and university students, only the women were able to medal, with a gold and three silvers.

"It was a really good team effort," said head coach Ray Takahashi. "Our women's team is really progressing well, as each wrestler on the team is starting to contribute."

Jaime Waters, a first-year social science major, only had to wrestle once to win the gold – she only found one other female at the meet who was in the 75 kilogram weight category with her.

According to her teammate Belinda Chou, Waters has been faced with the difficulty in finding partners to wrestle with during practice. Even with this dilemma, Waters is still able to use her expert technique to wrestle with women her own size and according to Chou, this is a remarkable feat.

"Jaime is the biggest girl on the team," Chou said. "I think that she does a great job, considering that a lot of the time she has to adapt to wrestling with lighter people in practice."

Chou, a second-year kinesiology student, brought home a silver medal by defeating four wrestlers. She leads the women in individual point standings. Chou has assumed a leadership role and according to Waters, her personal and motivational ways have been helpful to the team.

"Belinda really wrestled well at Guelph," Waters said. "If you are not doing so well or you are upset over something, she will come up to you and put everything into perspective. It is good to hear her voice."

On the men's side, the top finish was Scott Proctor, who was able to finish in sixth despite injuring his neck. With the Guelph Open being one of the toughest tournaments of the season, Mitch Dodd said he knew Western's inexperience would hold them back from medaling.

"Guelph is one of the toughest tournaments of the season," said Dodd, the No. 1 ranked 52 kilogram wrestler. "We took a small and relatively inexperienced team that found it hard to compete."

Proctor had knee surgery last May and in his second match since returning, he injured his neck and had to withdraw from the remainder of the tournament. Before withdrawing, Proctor was able to pin the second ranked wrestler in the nation, Zultan Honyady, in what could have been one of the biggest victories in his career.

"I was able to counter one of his ground moves and hop on top of him for the pin," said the fourth-year geography major. "He is obviously one of the top guys at the national level, so it helps with confidence getting a win against someone like him. I hope I will be able to build off the confidence and take that into the [Ontario University Athletics championships] and hopefully the [CIAU championships]."


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