Volume 96, Issue 78
Tuesday, February 18, 2003

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Weekend review

It was a grand weekend for the smaller sports at Western. Here is a recap of what happened.

The women's curling team – yes, Western has a curling team – took home the Ontario University Athletics gold medal on Saturday. The bonspiel was held at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Coach Bruce McAninch said he was pleased with his team's performance. "We had a good game against Queen's and there were some other close ones, but the bottom line was we won them all."

The women went a perfect 5-0 in the event.

But not so fast – the team does not necessarily advance to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships to be held in two weeks. The team must raise $5,000 in order to go to the tournament, seeing as curling is a non-funded sport at Western.

In other non-funded sporting action, the Western's wrestlers competed in the OUA championships held in Hamilton this past weekend, and Terri McNutt was the talk of the town.

McNutt not only pinned down the gold medal spot in the 53 kg class, she also snagged the Most Outstanding Female Wrestler award. Western wrestling coach Ray Takahashi used wrestling jargon to describe how well McNutt wrestled. "Terri used some nice throws and double leg locks. She was really ready for it," Takahashi said.

What, no "Boston cloverleaf" or "cross-face chicken wing?"

Tera Dardic also took home bronze in the 61 kg for the women. As for the men, Mark Young grabbed silver in 82 kg and Ayman Ezzeddine and Kevin Dyck picked up bronze medals in the 76 kg and 90 kg weight classes respectively. Overall, the team finished in fifth place.

In fencing action, Derek Rhodenizer narrowly missed out on gold in the individual sabre competition. Fencing coach Carol Christie said she was pleased with the third-year fencer's showing.

"Derek wanted to get gold, but realistically he set out to get silver," Christie said.

Unfortunately, Western had to pull out during the team competition when Rhodenizer rolled his ankle during a match and had to be rushed to the hospital.

In other fencing action, the women's epee team (Kara Keiley, Pamela Lepine and Laura McGrath) finished fifth, Keiley snagged eighth in the women's individual epee and Beth Hopkins finished 10th in the women's individual foil.

On the men's side, Nathan Naval came 10th in the men's individual epee and Kian Kee Yeo also notched a 10th place finish in the men's individual foil.

– Benjamin Mills

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