Volume 94, Issue 44

Thursday, November 16, 2000


'Whale' of a game for the Mustangs

OHL gets tough on Knights

Dual in Regina on the mat for wrestlers

Preparing for ice wars

Dual in Regina on the mat for wrestlers

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

The women's wrestling team will travel to Regina to take on the Rams tomorrow in a dual meet, an event both schools hope will be a stepping stone towards the future.

The head-to-head format will allow all team members from both teams a chance to wrestle.

For Western, the hope is the meet will bring to the team closer together and allow the wrestlers a chance to hone their skills in time for post-season tournaments in February.

"It's a nice building block," said Western assistant coach, Scott Porter. "We wanted to get a lot of tournaments in before the Ontario University Athletics and Canadian Intercollegiate Athletics Union's.

"It's a good opportunity for the girls to see some of the wrestlers they normally wouldn't see until the CIAU's."

Many of the team's member are looking forward to the trip.

"It's going to be fun," said Western wrestler Megan McGuire, who competes in the 48 kg class. "Especially since some of the girls, who usually don't get a chance to wrestle, will get in. We tend to use the same wrestlers in our competitions around here."

The trip will mark the return of Tena Dardic to the west, who competed at the University of Manitoba two years ago, before transferring to Western. She said she particularly likes the idea of being able to compete against new competitors. "You tend to face the same girls all the time in Ontario," said 61 kg class wrestler. "A lot more girls wrestle out there."

Even though this will be the first ever meet between the two schools Porter said he expects the matches to be competitive.

"They've got a solid team," he said. "At the beginning of the season when we were ranked six [nationally], they were ranked right behind us at seven."

While the opportunity to face Western is attractive to Rams head coach Lee McGee, said he is even more excited about the promotional opportunities the dual presents.

"We're in a situation in western Canada where we're trying to market a sport and get it off the ground, especially women's wrestling, " he said.

Regina is in a rebuilding process after their top three wrestlers graduated last year. "We're a young team with a large contingent of freshmen," McGee said. "Still I wouldn't trade these kids with any in the nation."

Porter said he has been impressed with the performance of Rachel Dean lately, who wrestles in the 55 kg class.

"She won the Mac tournament and since the beginning of the season she's improved quite noticeably."

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