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Jock Talk with Terri McNutt

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 Dual Tournament.

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 surroundings.

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.

—Ian Denomme

David Lee/Gazette
GRABBING 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 female wrestler?
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 wrestling?
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 pro.

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.

—David Lee



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