Volume 93, Issue 61

Wednesday, January 19, 2000


Winning streak derailed by McMaster

Gryphons' offence fails to take flight

Can Am Classical for Western

Back again, slammin' hard as ever

The weekend roundup

Back again, slammin' hard as ever

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

Both the men's and the women's wrestling squads got back into the slamming spirit when they finished fourth overall in Sunday's tournament at Queen's University.

The men finished in fourth place behind Lakehead University, Brock University and the University of Guelph, while the women ranked behind teams from Queen's, Brock and Guelph.

Western head coach Ray Takahashi said the competition was good for the team, considering this was their first taste of tournament fare since the holiday break.

"We had a few team members who did well this weekend. I'm not really looking at the team as much as I am the individual performances," he said. "Overall, it was good to get some matches under our belts."

With three weeks remaining until the Ontario University Athletics finals, Takahashi said there are still some technical aspects the team must work on improving. He added these weaknesses were revealed during the weekend event. "We have to work on some strategical factors, but our conditioning is pretty good. The team trains throughout the week in morning sessions," he said.

First-year wrestler Ayman Ezzeddine put in an impressive silver medal performance in the 72 kilogram weight category.

"As a team, we did well, but it was like a stepping stone for the OUs," Ezzeddine said. "Everyone got in a few good matches and now we have something to build on."

Ezzeddine confirmed the positive state of the team's conditioning level, but added technique needed to be emphasized in the coming weeks. "By then we should be ready for the OUs. We are improving, but now we see what we have to improve on," he said.

Brock's first and second place finishes for the women's and men's teams respectively, were something head coach Richard DesChatelets said was formidable considering he did not have a full team roster.

"I sent a couple of our guys to Edmonton to compete in another tournament I thought would be better for them. We would have come first on the men's side too if we had them here," he said.

DesChatelets will also be working on honing his team's skills in the weeks ahead. "It's not like anyone is way off, we just have to mesh a little more as a team and talk strategy."

The next wrestling tournament for Western is the Guelph Open on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m..

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