Wrestler, volleyball player top Marauders athletes


The McMaster Marauders Pita Pit Athletes of the Week for the period Jan. 6-12 are Jason Buckle of the men’s wrestling team and Taylor Brisebois of the women’s volleyball team.

Taylor Brisebois (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Taylor Brisebois (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Brisebois was a model of efficiency through the middle, as the Marauder women picked up consecutive wins on home court to resume their conference season in Ontario University Athletics. The third-year player from Bolton, ON led McMaster with 14 points in Friday’s 3-0 sweep of the Western Mustangs, converting 10 of 18 hitting attempts and adding two aces and two blocks.

She was even more effective with fewer touches on Sunday, converting 10 of 13 attempts with just a single error (69.2 per cent) and adding three and a half blocks as the Marauders downed the Windsor Lancers 3-1 in an important West Division test.

Jason Buckle (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Jason Buckle (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Buckle added another highlight to his already storied Marauder career on Saturday, winning his second gold medal of the season at the Brock Open. The 2012 Canadian Interuniversity Sport Rookie of the Year topped the 61kg weight class and was named the tournament’s Outstanding Male Wrestler after four dominant matches.

He opened the event with a 10-0 victory over Mizam Tamaradze of the Nieves Wrestling Club, and followed with another spotless 10-0 win over Brock’s Domingas Gildo in the second round. York’s Tommy Carroll managed to score, but still fell 16-6 to Buckle in a semifinal matchup.

The Marauder completed his remarkable day with a 14-4 thrashing of Montreal’s Vince De Marinis in the division final.