OUA UNCOVERED: 2014-15 season in review
BROCK WOMEN, MCMASTER MEN CAPTURE OUA WRESTLING BANN SUDBURY Ont, - New champions were crowned in wrestling at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships on Saturday February 14th as the McMaster Marauders and Brock Badgers won the men’s and women’s banners, respectively, at the Ben Avery Gym in Sudbury. The Marauders tallied 83 points to claim their first men’s title since 1993, edging the Brock Badgers by a single point. The Badgers did not go home empty-handed, however, as they took the women’s crown back from Western with 59 points, making it seven titles in 8 years. Rounding out the top three were the Western Mustangs on the men’s side and the Guelph Gryphons on the women’s. McMaster placed in the top three in nine of the eleven possible weight classes, winning three gold, five silver and one
bronze medal. Jason Buckle of McMaster was named the OUA’s most outstanding male wrestler after claiming gold in the 61kg division in a rematch of last year’s final against Brock’s Zack Falcioni. Also winning gold medals for the Marauders were Chris Garneau (68kg) and Joban Phulka (82kg). McMaster’s Omar Ahmed was named the OUA rookie of the year after winning the silver medal in a close 65kg bout against Nick Rowe of Brock, while McMaster head coach Nick Cipriano earned the coach of the year award after leading his team to the championship. Ali Koca from the York Lions earned the OUA community service award. In the women’s competition, Brock dominated the standings, medaling in six of eight possible weight classes, taking home four individual gold medals, one silver and
one bronze. Carlene Sluberski earned the OUA’s most outstanding female wrestler award after winning the gold medal in the 55kg class with a victory over Madi Parks from the Western Mustangs. Also winning individual titles for the Badgers were Jade Parsons (48kg), Emily Schaefer (51kg) and Olivia Di Bacco (72kg). Schaefer was named the OUA’s rookie of the year following her victory, and head coach Marty Calder earned the coach of the year award. Urshian Khalid from the York Lions was named the recipient of the OUA community service award. In addition to reaching the podium, the top three finishers in each weight class advance to the CIS championships, which will be hosted by the University of Alberta in Edmonton beginning Feb. 27.