Duck flies high at CIAU finals
Western slams T.O. Open
Mustangs avoid volleyball scare
Erratic defence keeps volleyball match tight
Squash team missing key Mustangs
Hawks drown 'Stangs
Western slams T.O. Open
By Wes Brown
Western's wrestling team travelled East last weekend to take part in the Toronto Open wrestling tournament on Sunday. By the end of the day, however, it was the competition which was checked into the smack down hotel, courtesy of the Mustangs.
The women faired extremely well, placing first among the universities in attendance. The first place finish consisted of two gold medals, two silvers and two bronze. Rachael Dean was first in the 53 kilogram weight class and Jaime Waters was first in the 77 kilogram class.
The Western men had two medalists in the tournament Dave Legierski won silver for the 82 kilogram weight and Christian Perera won a tough bronze in the 61 kilogram weight class. The team as a whole placed fifth among universities.
Western men's and women's head coach Ray Takahashi said his entire team had a good tournament and credited assistant coach Scott Proctor for his excellent work in coaching and practices to get them ready.
"It was hard to gauge exactly how we did because there were clubs and universities at this competition," Takahashi said. "Two things I was pleased with were the consistency of the women as a group and the hard work that Christian did for us at the tournament."
Perera lost a very close 13-11 match and Takahashi said he could have competed for the gold if things had gone his way. "It was tied 11-11 in the last few seconds of the match. He would have went to the championship. The guy he lost to ended up winning [it all]."
Perera said he thought the Toronto tournament went well for Western, adding this competition was a lot better than last weekend's McMaster Invitational.
"There were a lot better results for most of the guys well, at least better for me," Perera said about the day. "I didn't really do anything different, I just wanted to do better this week than last week's performance."
This is the first medal Perera has won at the university level and it comes after three years in the program. He said it is something he hopes he can add to over the duration of the young season.
"I'm slowly progressing. My first two years wrestling were kind of the same, but now I think I'm on an incline. Hopefully, I'll be able to win a few more before the [Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union finals]," he said.
University of Toronto head coach and last weekend's tournament convenor Kimin Kim said the wrestling competition in this tournament is getting better every year.
"There were a total of 140 participants [both men and women] and I had a lot of good comments [about the tournament]," Kim said. "Western had a couple of strong showings from the men and women but their women were very strong. The men had a lot of rookies with only a couple of returning veterans that I recognized."
He added it is still early in the season and commended Takahashi for the great job he has done with the Mustangs so far.