Volume 94, Issue 68

Wednesday, January 24, 2001


Lancers get new life

Mustangs riding high

Track team hauls home hardware

Women wrestlers rock Guelph

Weekend Roundup

Women wrestlers rock Guelph

The women's wrestling team made noise on Saturday at the Guelph Open, showing they were definitely 'in da house,' while only a faint whisper could be heard from the Western men's squad.

Although the women took third place and managed five top-four individual finishes, the men's squad was able to finish with one top-six individual placing.

In the women's team competition, Guelph took first place, followed by Brock, Western, Lakehead and Queen's. Brock took the gold for the men with Guelph, Montreal, Calgary and Burnaby Mountain rounding out the top five.

Western had plenty of strong performances in the women's 56kg class, as Rachel Dean took second place, Tara Wells snagged third, and Julie Csiki finished fourth.

"We've got three of the best women at that weight level," said wrestling head coach, Ray Takahashi. "One of our challenges will be spreading the weight around at the [Ontario University Athletics Championships in February]. We'll have to consider what's best for our team and what will maximize individual performances as well."

The only top six finisher on the men's side was Mitch Dodd in the 58kg category.

"We don't want to peak too soon," Takahashi said, citing injuries to absent Rob McDonald and Mark Young, as major reasons Western did not come away with a better result. "It's not the end of the world."

Both of Western's teams will compete in the Western Open at Carling Heights Community Centre, on Sunday, but some key absences are expected, since many of Western's first-year men will be in the Provincial Junior Championships, also taking place at Carling Heights.

–Joel Brown

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