Volume 95, Issue 41

Wednesday, November 14, 2001
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The winning streak continues...

Mustangs bring home "rastlin" silver

Western hitting hard

Medals show soccer mettle

Mustangs bring home "rastlin" silver

Western wrestlers hit the mats this weekend, trying to inflict as many bruises as possible at the Toronto Open.

The results were mixed, as the women came away with the silver medal after a sterling effort. The men failed to find the sweet spot on the mat as they finished out of medal contention.

Western head coach Ray Takahashi said one wrestler in particular rose to the top. "I was especially happy with the performance of our captain Rachel Dean. She won her division and was the outstanding wrestler of the tournament," he said.

"She performed really well. She was focused and aggressive, she used her strengths and took it to a very good wrestler from Brock in the final," Takahashi said.

Takahashi said a twist of fate altered the men's fortunes when their captain went down with an injury. "We suffered a bad injury when Ian Collins twisted his knee," Takahashi said.

Takahashi said he hopes the injury does not keep Collins out for too long.

"I'm hoping he'll be back 100 per cent by the end of December. Hopefully, when he gets back, he'll be able to pick up right where he left off because he has started very strong. Obviously, being our captain, he's a team leader," Takahashi said.

There is a new challenge on the horizon for the team and it comes in the form of presents and sleighs. Takahashi said the Christmas break and exams pose a tough hurdle for the wrestlers, as they try to keep fit.

"December will be a critical month for us with exams. We'll be off the mats for quite a while and it will be important to stay sharp. We're doing a good job right now building and we've got a few more tournaments coming up, but we've got to keep it up during exams and the break," Takahashi said.

ĞRyan Dixon

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