Stewart pins Purple Pipe, along with OUA honours

Rookie of the Year has sights set on success at national level

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Purple Pipe winner Samantha Stewart

Shaun Ding

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TELL SAM TO 'PIPE DOWN.' First-year Brescia student Sam Stewart earned the Purple Pipe this week after winning the OUA 51kg division title.

Wrestler Samantha Stewart earned the Purple Pipe this week for her exceptional performance at the Ontario University Athletics championship and at the Ontario Junior Open. Stewart managed to win OUAs as well as the Jr. Open " a province-wide club meet. She was also named the OUA Rookie of the Year on Feb. 14.

What was more important to you, winning the Jr. Open or winning OUA Rookie of the Year?
For me, it’s hard to say, because they were both really important. I’ve never won a provincial championship, so winning was important, especially my final match against Jasmine Mian. I wrestled her four times before and never beat her, so to go in there and wrestle a good match and especially pin her was great.

Do you have any pre-match rituals?
I have a pair of Western Mustangs socks that I have worn at every competition this year.

How did you get involved in wrestling?
I’ve always been an athlete and a bit of a tomboy. I went on the grade nine football team and beat out a bunch of guys for a spot. A lot of the guys that I made friends with were on the wrestling team and said, “Hey, you should come out, it’s a good time,” so I went to the practices and fell in love with it right away [...] I’ve been wrestling ever since.

How has having two coaches with Olympic experience helped you?
It’s actually helped so much, especially Ray [Takahashi, who] is really focused on technique and helping me every step of the way. It especially helps since he’s around my weight, so I can wrestle with him and I only get better every time I do.

Which do you prefer? WWE or UFC?
I don’t really watch WWE ... I haven’t followed UFC that much but I do enjoy watching it. I think probably jiu jitsu would help with it more than wrestling would. Being on your back is not too great in wrestling, but in jiu jitsu it’s perfectly acceptable.

What are your future academic and athletic goals?
For wrestling, I hope to be first at OUAs every year and I hope to do well at [nationals]. Olympic trials are in a few years; I hope to do well at those.

My big goal is to win the Olympic gold medal. As for school, I’m taking psychology right now and I hope to get my masters in counselling psychology.

" with files from Ryan Abreu

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