MUN at CIS 2010

March 23, 2010 at 11:29 am Leave a comment

Matt Kippenhuck and Jon Smith of the Sea~Hawks wrestling team headed to the University of Calgary on March 4 to compete at the 2010 Canadian Interuniversity Sport Wrestling Championships. They claimed a spot at the nationals by finishing in the top two in their respective weight classes at the AUS Qualifying Meet in February.

Wrestling at his second CIS Wrestling Championships, Kippenhuck, a fourth year wrestler from Charlottetown, Labrador, wrestled at 68kg. While making his debut on the CIS Wrestling Championships scene, Smith, a rookie from Mount Pearl, wrestled at 130kg.

The championships got underway with preliminary rounds on Friday, March 5. Kippenhuck and Smith both wrestled three matches in the preliminaries. The results of those three matches determined what place they wrestled for on Saturday. Both Kippenhuck and Smith would loose all their matches on Friday, but not without a fight. Not giving up the fall in the first round of their matches, both Kippenhuck and Smith wrestled through two rounds with all their opponent.

This lead to Saturday, where both wrestlers were left to wrestle for 7th and 8th. Going up against Ben Rowbothan of Brock, a team with 13 CIS team titles, Kippenhuck knew his match was going to be tough, but not out of his reach. Wrestling through two rounds, Matt lost by point to accept 8th place. For Smith, he was up against his rival, Mike MacDonald of UNB. This was the third time this year Smith and MacDonald came head to head on the mat. Losing to MacDonald twice before Jon knew he had to wrestle tough. Taking this approach for his first round, Jon went out and won the first round 4-0. However, this wouldn’t be good enough to win the match with MacDonald coming back to win the second and third rounds to win the match 2 rounds to 1.

Both wrestlers saw many improvements in their level of wrestling over the course of the year, and have gained the experience to make further improvements for next year.


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