Varsity CIS Qualifying Meet

February 17, 2009 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

(adapted from MUN Athletics Weekend Summary)

The MUN SeaHawks were in Fredericton this past weekend for the CIS Qualifying Meet.  After weighing in on Friday afternoon, they took to the mat early Saturday to lock heads with wrestlers from UNB, Concordia and McGill. The top two finishers in each weight class qualify for the CIS Wrestling Championships to be held at the University of Calgary on February 27th and 28th.

Four women represented Memorial at the meet. 5th year wrestler Carla Bryant, 3rd year wrestler Jenelle Pike, and rookies Victoria Ralph and Alisha Gainforth.  Carla Bryant wrestled her way into the gold medal match in the 48kg weight class, guarenteeing a spot at nationals.  However, rather than further inflame a lingering shoulder injury, Bryant and the coaching staff decided that forfeiting the gold would be in her best interest to better prepare her for the CIS tournament.  Victoria Ralph continued her recent streak of gold medals this weekend when she pinned Sarah MacDonald of UNB in the final match in the 55kg weight class. The medal is Ralph’s third gold in as many meets. Two weeks ago she found the top of the podium at both the UNB meet and at the Juvenile Eastern Canadians.  Third year Jenelle Pike placed second after taking Emilie Guitard of UNB to the mat in the 51kg weight class, qualifying her for the CIS tournament, where rookie Alisha Gainforth just missed qualification but found her first medal of the year, a bronze in the 82kg weight class.

Three men’s wrestlers made the trip to Fredericton to compete in the red and white. Third year Matthew Kippenhuck and rookies Adam Coady and Ricky Bonnell.  After a competitive day, everyone came out with a medal, however, all three would be bronze meaning they were just short of qualification.  Coady would take home 3rd in the 61kg weight class, Kippenhuck in the 65kg, and Bonnell in the 82kg weight class.  Head Coach, Kerri Ann Evely, remarked that “Despite not qualifying for CIS, all wrestled very well, and all in all it was a very good competition.”  With a young men’s side this year, we look forward to seeing what they can bring to the mat in future competitions.

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