Huskies grab two medals at wrestling nationals

Huskie Shane Johnson takes down a wrestler from the University of Regina.

Huskie Shane Johnson takes down a wrestler from the University of Regina.

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies took home two bronze medals at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport wrestling championship on Feb. 28 and March 1 in Fredericton, N.B.

Huskies Dylan Bray — who placed second at the 2013 CIS championship — and Taylor Follensbee each claimed third place finishes in the men’s 57 kilogram and women’s 72 kilogram weight classes, respectively. Bray lost 1-0 to eventual gold medalist Brian Cowan of the Brock University Badgers.

“Taylor had a great weekend with her bronze medal performance and we are excited to see her improve on that,” said Huskies wrestling interim head coach Daniel Olver.

A total of nine Huskie wrestlers competed in the CIS championship after qualifying at Canada West finals, held at the U of S on Feb. 14 and 15.

Huskies Annie Monteith, competing at 48 kilogram weight class, and Theo Dow, wrestling at 61 kilograms, both finished fourth. Malcolm Meekins grappled his way to fifth place in the men’s 72 kilogram weight class, while Andrew Johnson ended the tournament in sixth place at 76 kilograms.

Katie Dutchak, Drew Kuhn and Shane Johnson all finished seventh in their respective weight classes.

“We went in with a young team and experienced mixed results,” Olver said, “The team left everything on the mat and competed hard. There were tight matches that we fell short on and it hurt our placing.”

In the final team standings, the Huskies finished in ninth place on both the men’s and women’s sides. The Huskies men racked up 20 points while the women ended with 15.

Sixteen teams competed on the men’s side, while 15 competed on the women’s.

The Brock University Badgers dominated the tournament, finishing in first place on both sides of the team standings. The Badgers men’s team claimed a CIS-record fourteenth national team title, while the Badgers women’s team took home their third consecutive team title. During the tournament, the Badgers collected 12 individual medals, including seven golds.


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