First and second-year members of the Marauder wrestling teams had the opportunity to test themselves against the province’s best young grapplers at the 2013 Ontario Junior Championships hosted by Hamilton’s Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School on Saturday (Jan. 26).
The Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s No. 5-ranked McMaster men dominated the 60 kg weight class, with reigning CIS Rookie of the Year Jason Buckle finishing first and sophomore teammate Ahmed Shimaya placing right behind him.
Sophomore Eric Steffler provided the Marauders’ third podium place on the men’s side, finishing third in the men’s 74 kg weight class.
McMaster’s CIS No. 9-ranked women found the podium twice on Saturday, with rookie Linda Vu finishing third in the women’s 44 kg weight class and fellow first-year Nicole Roach placing third in the 63 kg class.
The Marauders’ next action comes at the Western Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 2) as the wrestlers prepare for the Ontario University Athletics championships on Feb. 16.
Full results of Saturday’s Ontario Junior Championships can be found here: http://www.oawa.ca/downloads/2013/Final%20Standings%20PROV.%20JUN.pdf