The University of Saskatchewan Huskies wrestling squad picked up six medals at the annual Huskie Open Nov. 24. The Dogs hosted the tournament in the Education gym.
The team’s captains led the squad. Men’s captain Ryan Myrfield won the gold medal in the 72-kilogram weight division, crushing the competition. On the women’s side, captain Natasha Kramble also struck gold by winning the women’s 48-kilogram division.
“It was really nice to win, especially since this is our one home tournament of the year. My parents and my family could be there to support me and that really gave me some extra inspiration,” Kramble said.
As a fifth-year, Kramble says it felt good to be able to lead by example on the mat.
“You always want to come prepared to all the tournaments and to practice because the younger wrestlers look up to us and take cues from us on how to act and how to train,” Kramble said.
Third-year Huskies men’s wrestler Dylan Bray also had a good showing. He won his first two matches of the day and earned his way to the men’s 57-kilogram gold medal showdown, but was beaten by Alberta’s Dylan Williams and settled for silver.
Landon Squires (men’s 90-kilogram), Silke Svenkeson (women’s 51-kilogram) and Hannah Franson (women’s 55-kilogram) rounded out the Huskie medalists, each winning bronze in their respective weight divisions.
“It’s not exactly how I wanted it to turn out,” admitted Franson after the tournament. “But it’s the last tournament before Christmas and I will be watching video of my matches to fix the things I did wrong. That’s what these tournaments are for.”
The Alberta Golden Bears took both the men’s and women’s varsity team titles, racking up 63 team points for the men and 48 for the women. The Huskies finished second out of five squads in the team-points race for both genders.
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