Volume 94, Issue 88

Thursday, March 8, 2001


Season ends with loss

Making tracks to CIAUs

The future of sports as we know it

Swimmer an emblem of dedication

Wrestler closes out career on the mats on top

Wrestler closes out career on the mats on top

The Mustang wrestling season came to an end this past weekend and with it, the career of one of its most decorated athletes.

"Belinda Chou had a great [Canadian Intercollegiate University] championship this past weekend winning gold in the 53 kg weight class," said Western wrestling head coach, Ray Takahashi.

This is nothing new for Chow as Takahashi said the fourth-year wrestler was named the most outstanding female athlete two weeks earlier at the Ontario University Athletics finals.

"Belinda is one of the best technicians in the country. She can do a lot of things and is a very offensive type wrestler," he said. "It's obvious that a wrestler has to work hard, but it's Belinda's work ethic and commitment that really sets her apart."

Takahashi added it was really nice to see Chou close out her career on top because outside of being a great wrestler, he said she is also a very nice person.

Chou, a fourth-year kinesiology student, said this tournament was important, not only because it was her last but also due to her history. "I was fifth in first-year and third the past two years. I wanted to do really well this year."

Chou said she had lost to the same opponent on two occasions this season and knew that the opposing wrestler would be at the CIAUs. "There was a lot of pressure in that sense. But in the end, everything came together and made it all worthwhile," she said.

Chou said finishing with the gold was a big bonus, but downplayed her individual accomplishment in exchange for talking about her team. "We finished fourth on the women's side and I think that's the highest placing ever," she said about the team's overall effort.

Takahashi added with the year Chou has had, she is a strong candidate for athlete of the year. Chou, on the other hand, said she preferred not to think about those things.

–Wes Brown

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