The young stars of McMaster’s wrestling program shone on the national stage on June 29.
Reigning Ontario University Athletics Male Wrestler of the Year, Jason Buckle, and Canadian Interuniversity Sport bronze medallist, Nicole Roach, each claimed silver in their respective weight classes, while several other members of the Maroon and Grey placed well at the 2013 Canada Cup in Guelph.
Buckle provided the match of the tournament, ultimately in a losing effort, as he and Western’s Steven Takahashi battled in the men’s 55kg final. In an action-packed bout, the two scored early and often, with Buckle notching a three-point throw, a takedown and a gut wrench before being bested on points.
The sophomore Roach – who will find herself representing Canada at the Junior Pan American Championships in Santiago, Chile from July 10-15 – finished second in the 59kg weight class at the event which brings together the top club wrestlers in the country.
Fellow Marauder Andrew Sinclair competed in Buckle’s division and finished fifth, while Erica D’Angelo was fourth in the women’s 55kg class. Chris Garneau rounded out the results by Maroon and Grey athletes by placing sixth in the 66kg division.