Mac wrestlers Buckle-down


Jason Buckle produced yet another class-leading performance at the Ontario University Athletics Wrestling Championships on Saturday (Feb. 15) to claim gold in the men’s 61kg weight class and pace the McMaster men to an overall bronze finish. In all, seven Marauders climbed the podium at the conference event, as the Marauder women finished fifth.

(Photo: Yausif Naddad/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Yausif Naddad/McMaster Athletics)

Buckle’s gold came at the expense of Brock’s Zach Falcioni, and was just one of four medals earned by the Marauder men. One division above Buckle, Chris Garneau won silver in the 65kg class, falling to Kevin Iwasa-Madge of the Guelph Gryphons in the final match. Ahmed Shimaya also won silver after losing out to Brock’s Jevon Balfour in the 68kg final.

Rounding out the podium places for the Marauder men was Kevin Barret, who bested York’s Pavanir Dulai for bronze in the 82kg weight class.

Three McMaster women rebounded to claim bronze on Saturday, including Monica Wood, Erica D’Angelo and Alysha Anderson. Wood took home the third-place finish in the women’s lightweight 48kg division after beating York’s Sarah Perez. Meanwhile, D’Angelo did the same at the expense of Guelph’s Marisa Scott in the 55kg class, and Alyshia Anderson topped Amber Martin of Lakehead for bronze in the 82kg division.

Those Marauders who qualified will now have two weeks to prepare, before heading to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships at the University of New Brunswick on March 1.

TEAM STANDINGS

Men

1. Guelph Gryphons (78)
2. Brock Badgers (75)
3. McMaster Marauders (52)
4. Western Mustangs (50)
5. Lakehead Thunderwolves (33)
6. York Lions (31)
7. Queen’s Gaels (17)
8. Algoma Thunderbirds (15)
9. Laurentian Voyageurs (14)
10. Toronto Varsity Blues (9)

Women

1. Western Mustangs (62)
2. Brock Badgers (60)
3. Guelph Gryphons (46)
4. Lakehead Thunderwolves (36)
5. McMaster Marauders (32)
6. York Lions (24)
7. Queen’s Gaels (14)
8. Toronto Varsity Blues (8)
9. Laurentian Voyageurs (7)
10. Algoma Thunderbirds (4)