Lakehead University Thunderwolves women’s wrestling team travels to London

Lakehead Thunderwolves

ThunderwolvesTHUNDER BAY – The Lakehead University Thunderwolves women’s wrestling team travels to London this weekend to compete at the Harry Geris Memorial Wrestling Duals, hosted by Western University. This the second year of the tournament’s existence and will mark the first year that Lakehead has been invited. It will serve as a fabulous opportunity for Lakehead’s women wrestlers to compete and get a look at some of the best wrestlers in the CIS, and some visiting from the United States as well.

The women will weigh-in Friday afternoon, with the action getting underway on Saturday morning at Western’s Alumni Hall.

One T-Wolf to watch will be Megan Smith, who took gold at the McMaster Open earlier this month (Nov 3) in the 48 kg division. Rookie Nichole Kinzel will also be contending in the 51kg division and will be looking to take down OUA gold medalist Jade Papke (Guelph), who she lost the gold medal to at the McMaster Open, settling for silver. Not to be overlooked will be Kelsey Dayler, who also took silver at the McMaster Open in the 72 kg division.

Says coach Brock Curtis, “I expect our women to do well, but they will be in for some very tough matches. They’re in good shape and are ready to challenge themselves. The most important thing is that they take what they learn from the experience and work to fix things in practice. Our team has this attitude, and it will be easy for them to get a lot out of this weekend.”

*Wrestling Report Addendum – Results Update*

McMaster Open (Nov 3) Results for Lakehead:


Megan Smith – Gold (48kg)
Nichole Kinzel – Silver (51kg)
Alexi Kreps – 6th (55kg)
Laurel Knowles – 4th (59kg)
Sara Catani – 5th (67kg)
Kelsey Dayler – Silver (72kg)
Kate Beaulieu – Bronze (82kg)


A.J. Faykes – 6th (68kg)
Scott Christian – 5th (72kg)
Nikkilas Wilson – Silver (76kg)
Tom Bentley (Bronze (76kg)
Jake Devlin – 6th (82kg)
Chadd Lee – Silver (90kg)

*Heavyweight Preston Mikulasik sustained a lower body injury early in the McMaster Open and will be on the injured list for the foreseeable future*

A sincere apology for the delay in releasing these wrestling results. We will do our best in the future to release wrestling results as soon as possible following competition.

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