2012 CIS wrestling championships concluded on Saturday


ThunderwolvesTHUNDER BAY – (CIS) – The 2012 CIS wrestling championships concluded on Saturday afternoon in the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse before a raucous crowd of Thunder Bay fans and those attending from across the country. On this day it was the Brock women’s team and the Concordia men’s squad that captured the championship banners.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wrest/index

It was a repeat performance from 2011 for the Concordia Stingers, who very narrowly beat out the Regina Cougars to claim the eighth men’s title in program history.

For the Brock Badgers, who dethroned the Alberta Pandas, it was a return to glory, 10 years after capturing their only previous women’s crown in 2002.

The hometown fans of Thunder Bay also had a lot to celebrate, as the Lakehead Thunderwolves swept gold in both the women’s and men’s heavyweight categories.

Emma Brightwell (82 kg) and Preston Mikulasik (130kg) both won their matches within 15 seconds of one another on side-by-side mats, much to the delight of the Thunderdome crowd. The two wrestlers soon after embraced each other, with the rest of the Lakehead contingent huddled around them in celebration. Brightwell and Mikulasik were later named the most outstanding wrestlers of the championships.

Brock finished atop the women’s standings with 63 points. Defending champion Alberta followed with 41.

Out of a full contingent of eight female athletes, Brock won four gold medals, including Jade Parsons (48kg), Diana Ford (55kg), Natasha Chang (59kg) and Michelle Fazzari (63kg). Jasmine Mian (51kg) took silver, while Deborah Jehu (67kg), Rebecca Levitt (72kg) and Olivia Dibacco (82kg) all finished fourth.

Fazzari, a national team member from Caledonia, Ont., returned to university wrestling this season after a two-year hiatus, and earlier this month became the first female in school history to win five OUA individual titles over her career. She finishes with three gold (2007, 2008, 2011), one silver (2006) and one bronze (2009) in five CIS championship appearances.

Brock coach Marty Calder was named women’s coach of the year.

Alberta’s top finishers were Molly Bouchard, with a silver medal (72kg), and Natalie Brady, with bronze (51kg).

Guelph received two gold-medal performances from Allison Leslie (67kg) and Madison Parks (51kg). Parks was chosen female rookie of the year.

Calgary’s Erica Wiebe (72kg) rounds out the list of individual champions in the women’s tournament.

The Student-Athlete Community Service Award was given to Victoria Ralph of Memorial Sea, while the R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award went to Lee Thomas of UNB.

In the men’s championship, Concordia totaled 56 points, only two more than Regina. It was an unfortunate ending for the Cougars, who trailed Concordia by two points heading into the final match of the day, which pitted Regina’s Gaelan Malloy against Ilya Abelev of Western for the 68kg gold medal.

In one of his first attacks, Malloy twisted his ankle badly and the match was stopped to assess the injury. After having the medical staff tape his ankle (outside of the shoe, due to injury time restrictions), Malloy re-entered the bout. But the ankle was too badly injured for him to continue and despite his wishes to fight on, his coach, seeing the pain he was in and the 5-0 point deficit in the second round, threw in the towel and conceded the match. Had Malloy not incurred the injury and captured gold, Regina would have been tied Concordia with 56 points and held the tie-breaker thanks to a 3-2 edge in gold medals.

Two Stingers were crowned on Saturday, including national team member David Tremblay (61kg) and James Mancini (65kg). Teammate Scott Schiller claimed silver (72kg), while Greg Rossy (130kg) and Irankah Nariman (82kg) took bronze.

Tremblay, a native of Stony Point, Ont., is a former CIS male wrestler of the year (2009) and was crowned for the fourth time in as many university seasons. He is also the current Canadian senior champion in his weight category.

Mitchell Krauter (76kg) and Noel Tremblay (57kg) had fourth-place finishes for Concordia and Stephen De Layen (68kg) was fifth. Stingers’ coach Victor Zilberman was named men’s coach of the year.

Regina received gold medals from Steven Schneider (57kg) and Connor Malloy (76kg), as well as silver from Kirk Ackerman (61kg) and Gaelan Malloy (68kg).

The Western Mustangs finished third in the men’s standings with 47 points, thanks in part to gold medals from Ilya Abelev (68kg) and Steven Takahashi (54kg).

McMaster also won a pair of gold medals, with Sean House (90kg) doing so with a pin against Landon Squires, and Kevin MacLellan triumphing in the 82kg weight class. Jason Buckle (57kg) took silver and was named male rookie of the year.

Saskatchewan’s Ryan Myrfield captured gold in the 72kg division and was also awarded the R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award. His teammate Landon Squires was the recipient of the Student-Athlete Community Service Award.


1. Brock 63 points
2. Alberta 41
3. Saskatchewan 38
4. Guelph 30
5. Regina 25
6. Lakehead 24
7. Western 23
8. Calgary 22
9. Concordia 20
10. Memorial 7
11. Winnipeg 4
12. McMaster 3
13. UNB 2


1. Concordia 56 points
2. Regina 54
3. Western 47
4. Alberta 45
5. McMaster 42
6. Guelph 33
7. Saskatchewan 31
8. Lakehead 27
9. Brock 20
10. UNB 18
11. Calgary 13
12. Memorial 3


Outstanding wrestler: Emma Brightwell (82kg), Lakehead
Rookie of the year: Madison Parks (51 kg), Brock
Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Victoria Ralph (55 kg), Memorial
Coach of the year: Marty Calder, Brock
R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award: Lee Thomas, UNB

Outstanding wrestler: Preston Mikulasik (130 kg), Lakehead
Rookie of the year: Jason Buckle (57 kg), McMaster
Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Landon Squires (90 kg), Saskatchewan
Coach of the year: Victor Zilberman, Concordia
R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award: Ryan Myrfield (72 kg), Saskatchewan


48 kg
1. Jade Parsons (Brock)
2. Jasmine Slinn (Regina)
3. Natasha Kramble (Saskatchewan)
4. Lyndsey Almeida (Alberta)?
5. Jade Papke (Guelph)
6. Valerie Ouellette (Western)

51 kg
1. Madison Parks (Guelph) .
2. Jasmine Mian (Brock)?
3. Natalie Brady (Alberta)
4. Katie Dutchak (Saskatchewan)?
5. Shani Frugtniet (Calgary)
6. Breanne Beh (Lakehead)

55 kg
1. Diana Ford (Brock)
2. Brianne Barry (Western)
3. Hannah Franson (Saskatchewan)
4. Danielle Anderson (Regina)
5. Hayley Thomas (Alberta)
6. Sydney Duggan (McMaster)?
7. Sara Roach (UNB)
8. Victoria Ralph (Memorial)

59 kg
1. Natasha Chang (Brock)
2. Koren Pitkethly (Saskatchewan)
3. Linda Morais (Concordia)
4. Karleah Bonk (Lakehead)?
5. Jamie Bergenstrom (Alberta)
6. Jessica Brenton (Winnipeg)?
7. Andrea Wakelin (Western)
8. Lee Thomas (UNB)

63 kg
1.Michelle Fazzari (Brock)
2. Nikita Chicoine (Concordia)
3. Kathleen Kent (Saskatchewan)
4. Marlen Figueroa (Alberta)
5. Larissa D’Alleva (Western)
6. Jenny Pranger (Lakehead)?
7. Breanne Coady (Memorial)
8. Jessy Seida (Calgary)

67 kg
1.Allison Leslie (Guelph)
2. Lisa McKibben (Regina)
3. Sabrina Kelly (Alberta)
4. Deborah Jehu (Brock)?
5. Lisa Brise (Saskatchewan)
6. Arlene Williams (Western)

72 kg
1. Erica Wiebe (Calgary)
2. Molly Bouchard (Alberta)
3. Veronica Keefe (Concordia)
4. Rebecca Levitt (Brock)?
5. Kayla Brodner (Regina)
6. Monika Varello (Western)?
7. Sara Cattani (Lakehead)
8. Carla Chaytor (Memorial)

82 kg
1. Emma Brightwell (Lakehead)
2. Holly Clark (Calgary)
3. Kelsey Gsell (Guelph)
4. Olivia Dibacco (Brock)?
5. Madison Beblow (Alberta)
6. Amy Dunn (Saskatchewan)?
7. Myfanway Price (Memorial)


54 kg
1. Steven Takahashi (Western)
2. Dustin Helwig, Lakehead)
3. Zack Falcioni (Brock)
4. Gilbert Musonza (Regina)
5. Jay Naicker (Alberta)
6. Chad Caron (Saskatchewan)
7. Trevor Banks (Concordia)
8. Rafiq Charania (UNB)

57 kg
1. Steven Schneider (Regina)
2. Jason Buckle (McMaster)
3. Jason Wass (Alberta)
4. Noel Tremblay (Concordia)
5. Dylan Bray (Saskatchewan)
6. Tim Clement (Brock)
7. Rishav Ranjit (Western)

61 kg
1. David Tremblay (Concordia)
2. Kirk Ackerman (Regina)
3. Nick Rowe (Brock)
4. Dylan Williams (Alberta)
5. Richard Balfour (Western)
6. JF Godin (UNB)
7. Allan Middleton (McMaster)
8. Theo Dow (Saskatchewan)

65 kg
1. James Mancini (Concordia)
2. Drew Belanger (Alberta)
3. Spenser Burk (Calgary)
4. Mark Ballon (Regina)
5. Chris Garneau (McMaster)
6. Josh Proctor (Western)
7. Isaac Muhima (UNB)
8. Jackson Taylor (Lakehead)

68 kg
1. Ilya Abelev (Western)
2. Gaelan Malloy (Regina)
3. Kevin Iwasa-Madge (Guelph)
4. John Cottrill (Brock)
5. Stephen De Layen (Concordia)
6. Curtis Luu (Alberta)
7. Brady Lange (Saskatchewan)
8. Andy Sanford (UNB)

72 kg
1. Ryan Myrfield (Saskatchewan)
2. Scott Schiller (Concordia)
3. Ryan Blake (McMaster)
4. Sam Hanna (Western)
5. Scott Christian (Lakehead)
6. Connor Hodgins (Calgary)
7. Brian Forest (Alberta)
8. David Young (Memorial)

76 kg
1. Connor Malloy (Regina)
2. Jake Jagas (Guelph)
3. Coleman Brinker (Alberta)
4. Mitchell Krauter (Concordia)
5. Jake Devlin (Lakehead)
6. Eric Jacobson (Western)
7. Eric Lewis (UNB)
8. Adam Gordon (Calgary)

82 kg
1. Kevin MacLellan (McMaster)
2. Mathieu Deschatelets (Guelph)
3. Irankhah Nariman (Concordia)
4. Jason Margo (Alberta)
5. Matt Hutchinson (Western)
6. Peter Jones (Calgary)
7. Mike Carrier (Regina)
8. Rory Gillis (Memorial)

90 kg
1. Sean House (McMaster)
2. Landon Squires (Saskatchewan)
3. Kevin Ens (Western)
4. John Lendvoy (Regina)
5. Tom MacRae (UNB)
6. Robert Rubino (Guelph)
7. Graeme Forsyth (Alberta)
8. Matthew Patey (Memorial)

130 kg
1. Preston Mikulasik (Lakehead)
2. John Fitzgerald (Guelph)
3. Greg Rossy (Concordia)
4. CJ Thoms (UNB)
5. Daniel Oloumi (Alberta)
6. Jacob Phillips (Saskatchewan)
7. Aaron Misner (McMaster)
8. Paul Grebinski (Regina)
About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-two universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca.

Courtesy of Lakehead University sports information.

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