Jock Talk with Terri
After a long hiatus, the Purple Pipe is finally back, recognizing
the accomplishments of the best of Western sports.
The first winner in the new year is Terri McNutt, star of the
Western women’s wrestling team. Terri is no stranger to the
Pipe, as she is a second- time winner. She won the Pipe for her
accomplishments last year.
The third-year nursing student is coming off a gold medal performance
at the Toronto Open Wrestling Tournament, leading the team to a
second place finish. She pinned former Mustang Rachel Dean, who
is now competing for Lakehead University in the 53 kg category.
The gold medal kept her undefeated streak alive. She has not lost
a match throughout the entire season and is ranked third in Canada.
She also won a gold medal earlier in the year at the Brock University
During the holiday break, Terri competed at Olympic trials in
Edmonton, adding to her impressive qualifications as a Pipe winner.
Terri is the defending Ontario University Athletics champion in
the 53 kg category and is poised to become a back-to-back champion.
If she does, she will have the opportunity to do so in familiar
Western will host this year’s OUA wrestling championships,
which would make a championship even more special.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21 in the Thames Hall
gym. Western will be looking to win the OUA championship for the
first time since 1994.
THE PIPE MAKES ME SMILE. This week’s Purple
Pipe winner and captain of the women’s wrestling team
Terri McNutt flashes the pearly whites despite the body slam
she’s about to receive.
How long have you been wrestling? What was your initial attraction
to the sport?
This is my eighth year of wrestling. [I’ve done] jiu-jitsu
and karate since I was six. I liked the individual aspects of those
sports, and it was the same thing for wrestling. Even though sometimes
I might say that I don’t like going on my own, I like the
fact that there’s nobody else to blame when things go wrong.
What’s it like to be a well-known
It brings more of a social aspect to the sport — I’ve
become friends with people that I met through wrestling alone.
And it makes the tournaments easier to go to. I guess there are
also opportunities that come with being well-known, like invitations
to the World University trials and Olympic trials.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve
faced while wrestling?
For me, it’s the mental aspect. Sometimes, I have a hard
time preparing for a match, so that’s why I spend most of
my preparation time trying to get in the right frame of mind.
What are your thoughts about No Holds Barred?
I’ve never heard of it.
It was a cult classic with Hulk
Hogan — he beats Zeus and
the evil TV producer. Any similarities to your wrestling career?
To be honest, not really. There aren’t a lot of evil people
wrestling at the university level.
What’s your take on professional
I’ve never watched it. People enjoy it, because it’s
entertaining for them. I guess it gives “real” wrestlers
bad news, though there are some amateur wrestlers that have turned
Who’d win in a fight between you and Ray Takahashi (Western’s
wrestling head coach)?
(laughs) I guess Ray. We wrestle a lot, because it’s beneficial
to train with someone that’s the same size. He’s an
Olympian, so he’d probably win.
So he’s unbeatable?
(laughs) Nobody’s unbeatable.
What’s the funniest thing that’s
ever happened to you during a wrestling match?
My boobs have almost fallen out (laughs). They never actually came
out, though. So I guess that’s it.