Volume 95, Issue 45

Wednesday, November 21, 2001
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Ravens brought back to Earth

Mustangs winning weekend

Wrestlers split weekend

Western and Notre Dame battle


Wrestlers split weekend

You win some, you lose some.

For the Western men's wrestling team, that's exactly what they did last weekend. On Saturday, the team traveled to St. Catherine's to take part in the Brock Invitational and came away with a 2-2 record.

The pair of wins came over Queen's and McMaster, whereas the defeats came at the hands of Brock and Manitoba.

Considering their competition, Western head coach Ray Takahashi wasn't surprised with the result.

"We knew we were going to be in extremely tough match-up against Brock, as they are back-to-back defending champions and are currently ranked number one in the country," Takahashi said.

He said he was pleased with the effort of the team and explained how important it is to get some mat time for his first-year wrestlers.

"Overall, the team did well and it was really good for us to get our rookies some more experience in actual competitions," he said.

Takahashi also pointed out notable individual performances from James Minen and Eric McCallister.

Even with strong performances, most coaches will never be fully satisfied, as was the case last weekend.

"[Tactically], we've got to be a little better – especially with our zone tactics on the mat. Technical fine points will always be something to work on and trying to capitalize more on our opportunities," the coach said.

It's early in the season and Takahashi feels the team is in a fine state and position.

"We're in really good shape for this point in the season and we just need some more experience for our younger wrestlers to really hit our potential as a team. We still have a couple of months until OUAs and that's the point where we'll want to be peaking," Takahashi said.

Next weekend, it's the women's turn to travel to St. Catherine's, as the lady Mustangs will participate in the Brock Invitational.

–Dave Martin

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