Concordia Invitational 2008

November 12, 2008 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment

The MUN SeaHawks traveled to Montreal on October 26th to participate in the annual Concordia Invitational tournament. Their new Head Coach, Kerri-Ann Evely, had great things to say about her team’s premiere performance for the 2008-09 season:

Carla Bryant’s hard work and determination lead her to come out on top. Even though Bryant is down a couple of weight classes from last year, she is just as strong as ever on the mat. Wrestling at 48kg, Bryant had only one opponent, however, chose to prove her worth by wrestling for the best two out of three matches. She won her first match with a three point throw in the first round and a clinch in the second round. In her second match she lost a close two rounds to one, leaving the third and final match to determine who would take home the gold. In her final match, Bryant dominated the first round, scoring a three point throw and an additional two point exposure resulting in a 5-0 win. During the second round her opponent scored the first point pressuring Bryant to score with two minutes left on the board. Continuing to fight for position, with only 20 seconds left, Bryant saw an opportunity, attacked, and scored her winning point. Bringing home the gold, Bryant feels that this is the best she has ever wrestled, suggesting that this may be the year to keep a close eye on her.

For the men’s side, this tournament saw the debut of Adam Coady, wrestling at 61kg. Proving his ability to wrestle at this level, Coady drew a tough first match against last year’s CIS and Senior National champion, Vincent Cormier. Coady put up a tough fight, lasting two rounds to eventually lose by points. He went on to win 5th place, where he dominated the first round with a takedown, followed by a series of cross ankles, and eventually pinning the New Brunswick wrestler for the win.

Wrestling at 68kg, Matt Hill placed an impressive 7th. Drawing a tough wrestler from the home team, Concordia, Hill wrestled a close match only to lose by points. He went on to wrestle McMaster, where, after losing the first round, Hill made a strong come back to dominate the second and third round for the win by points.

Second year Justin Rowsell started off with a bang winning his first match at 72kg with a pin against a wrestler from Queens. Justin then went on to be defeated by a wrestler from Concordia, then came back strong to win his last match scoring a three point double leg and cross ankle in the first round and finally pinning for the win in the second round.

Wrestling at 82kg, Ricky Bonnell’s first match went a full three rounds with him scoring a three point throw in the last 15 seconds of the match to earn him the win. He went on to wrestle three more matches leading him to a 6th place finish.

Kerri-Ann Eveley looks forward to seeing how her athletes fare in the upcoming season, especially some of the new athletes including Wayne Lin, who wrestled his first five matches ever in this tournament. She is also eager to see what one of her returning wrestlers, Matt Kippenhuck, can do later in the season. Although he ran into a bit of bad luck in this tournament, she considers him one of the most improved from last year. Eveley summed up her teams performance by saying:
“Overall, I am very pleased with the performance of all the wrestlers, with such a high caliber of wrestling brought on by a number of national and CIS champions present, the MUN Seahawks held their own on the mat. Winning a total of seven matches this year is huge improvement from the one
match won last year. Needless to say this was a very good start to the season.”

You can see full results from this tournament here: Concordia Invitational 2008

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