Banner Season: Brock adds to consecutive banner streaks with another double-gold effort in Guelph

Photo by Gar FitzGerald
Photo by Gar FitzGerald

GUELPH, Ont. – For a fourth straight year on the men’s side, and a fifth straight year on the women’s side, the Brock Badgers are on top of the OUA wrestling world.

Saturday afternoon at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre, the Badgers added to their storied wrestling history by sweeping the team titles at the 2019 OUA Wrestling Championships.

Of the 19 gold medals handed out on the day, 13 were claimed by Brock wrestlers. The Badgers have now won 21 OUA titles on the men’s side, while the Brock women have claimed 18 team titles in the 22-year history of OUA women’s wrestling. Saturday’s competition featured a total of 120 wrestlers representing 10 different universities from across Ontario, with the University of Guelph serving as host of the conference championships for the first time since 2005.

“There’s some good competitors in this group and the kids fought hard today,” said Brock head coach Marty Calder, who was named OUA Coach of the Year on both the men’s and women’s sides. “We lost a total of seven starters from a year ago between our men’s and women’s teams, so it was great to see some of the rookies step up and perform well. Garette (Saunders), Roch (Provost) and Calvin (Daum) are three new faces on our men’s side and all came up big. Chris McIsaac is a former national champion, but was injured last year, so it was great to see him back in the mix. Those guys really helped make the difference for us. On the women’s side, we switched around some weight classes and had some people not in their usual division, but it was a total team effort.”

On the men’s side, the Badgers took home eight gold medals in the 11 weight classes, while on the women’s side, Brock finished atop the podium in five of the eight weight classes. Included in the list of gold medalists for the Badgers was third-year standout Hannah Taylor, who earned the title of OUA champion for a third consecutive season, defeating Western's Julie Steffler in a competitive final in the women’s 55kg. Taylor, a former national champion and U SPORTS Rookie of the Year back in 2017, took home the women’s Most Outstanding Wrestler honours at the 2019 OUA Championships.

On the men’s side, the Most Outstanding Wrestler honours went to McMaster’s Ameen Aghamirian. The fourth-year Kingston native took home gold in the men’s 120kg weight class in an exciting finals matchup with Western’s Brayden Ambo. The Marauders also swept the OUA Rookie of the Year awards with Trystan Kato (silver – men’s 65kg) and Ligaya Stinellis (silver – women’s 48kg) taking home the honours.

The 2019 varsity wrestling season will conclude in three week’s time in Calgary at the 2019 U SPORTS Wrestling Championships. The two-day national championship event is set to take place February 22 and 23 at the University of Calgary.

Men’s Team Standings:

1. Brock Badgers (102 points)

2. McMaster Marauders (73 points)

3. Lakehead Thunderwolves (61 points)

4. Western Mustangs (44 points)

5. Guelph Gryphons (38 points)

6. York Lions (33 points)

7. Algoma Thunderbirds (19 points)

8. Toronto Varsity Blues (16 points)

 

Women’s Team Standings:

1. Brock Badgers (71 points)

2. Guelph Gryphons (46 points)

3. Lakehead Thunderwolves (42 points)

4. Western Mustangs (40 points)

5. McMaster Marauders (24 points)

6. Queen’s Gaels (19 points)

7. Algoma Thunderbirds (17 points)

8. York Lions (15 points)

 

Major Award Winners – 2019 OUA Wrestling Championships

Outstanding Male Wrestler: Ameen Aghamirian (McMaster Marauders)

Outstanding Female Wrestler: Hannah Taylor (Brock Badgers)

Men’s Rookie of the Year: Trystan Kato (McMaster Marauders)

Women’s Rookie of the Year: Ligaya Stinellis (McMaster Marauders)

Men’s Coach of the Year: Marty Calder (Brock Badgers)

Women’s Coach of the Year: Marty Calder (Brock Badgers)

Male Student Athlete Community Service Award: Shadab Khan Rohaila (York Lions)

Female Student Athlete Community Service Award: Nicole French (Brock Badgers)

 

Men’s Medalists at 2019 OUA Championships:

Men’s 54 KG

GOLD

Garrett Saunders

Brock Badgers

SILVER

Broderick Collison

Algoma Thunderbirds

BRONZE

Hasan Ercan

Lakehead Thunderwolves

Men’s 57 KG

GOLD

Ligrit Sadiku

Brock Badgers

SILVER

Shevonne Witter-Watts

York Lions

BRONZE

Francesco Fortino

McMaster Marauders

Men’s 61 KG

GOLD

Marco Palermo

Lakehead Thunderwolves

SILVER

Joseph Martin

Brock Badgers

BRONZE

Kais Al-Khaldi

McMaster Marauders

Men’s 65 KG

GOLD

Christopher McIsaac

Brock Badgers

SILVER

Trystan Kato

McMaster Marauders

BRONZE

Hassan Al-Hayawi

Western Mustangs

Men’s 68 KG

GOLD

Connor Quinton

McMaster Marauders

SILVER

Roch Provost

Brock Badgers

BRONZE

Abraham Mfonpa’re Ntienjem

Lakehead Thunderwolves

Men’s 72 KG

GOLD

Cruiz Manning

Brock Badgers

SILVER

Jesse Leach

Lakehead Thunderwolves

BRONZE

Alexander Chaves

Guelph Gryphons

Men’s 76 KG

GOLD

Jevon Balfour

Brock Badgers

SILVER

Benjamin Zahra

McMaster Marauders

BRONZE

Alex Richer

Lakehead Thunderwolves

Men’s 82 KG

GOLD

Ameen Aghamirian

McMaster Marauders

SILVER

Brayden Ambo

Western Mustangs

BRONZE

Ty Bridgewater

Brock Badgers

Men’s 90 KG

GOLD

Clayton Pye

Brock Badgers

SILVER

Bradley Magarrey

McMaster Marauders

BRONZE

Caleb Goodfellow

Toronto Varsity Blues

Men’s 100 KG

GOLD

Richard DesChatelets

Brock Badgers

SILVER

Job Reinhart

Guelph Gryphons

BRONZE

Jackson Browning

Western Mustangs

Men’s 120 KG

GOLD

Calvin Daum

Brock Badgers

SILVER

Jaivir Boal

Guelph Gryphons

BRONZE

Anthony Parker

Western Mustangs

 

Women’s Medalists at 2019 OUA Championships:

Women’s 48 KG

GOLD

Natassya Lu

Guelph Gryphons

SILVER

Ligaya Stinellis

McMaster Marauders

BRONZE

Christine Grafe

Western Mustangs

Women’s 51 KG

GOLD

Kristina McLaren

Brock Badgers

SILVER

Riley Turbaro

Algoma Thunderbirds

BRONZE

Megan Abel

Queen’s Gaels

Women’s 55 KG

GOLD

Emily Schaefer

Brock Badgers

SILVER

Hannah Little

Guelph Gryphons

BRONZE

Karly Kudrinko

Queen’s Gaels

Women’s 59 KG

GOLD

Hannah Taylor

Brock Badgers

SILVER

Julie Steffler

Western Mustangs

BRONZE

Esmee Hotson

Guelph Gryphons

Women’s 63 KG

GOLD

Madison Clayton

Lakehead Thunderwolves

SILVER

Daina Armstrong

Brock Badgers

BRONZE

Michalia Walls

Western Mustangs

Women’s 67 KG

GOLD

Skylar Grote

Brock Badgers

SILVER

Joelle Vanderslagt

McMaster Marauders

BRONZE

Erin Clayton

Lakehead Thunderwolves

Women’s 72 KG

GOLD

Darrion Sterling

Brock Badgers

SILVER

Ashley Gravelle

Lakehead Thunderwolves

BRONZE

Rachel Zack

Toronto Varsity Blues

Women’s 82 KG

GOLD

Gracelynn Doogan

Guelph Gryphons

SILVER

Shauna Kuebeck

Brock Badgers

BRONZE

Klara Patel

Lakehead Thunderwolves