Brock Badgers males’s, ladies’s wrestling groups sweep nationwide championships

The Brock Badgers kicked off the 2024 winter U Sports activities championship season by taking each the lads’s and girls’s nationwide wrestling titles in Guelph, Ont., on Saturday.

It marks the ninth straight crew victory for the lads on the U Sports activities championship, courting again to 2014 with nationals not being held in both 2021 or 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lads earned gold with 83 factors, clearing silver medallist Alberta by 21 factors and bronze medallist McMaster by 35 factors.

5 Badgers completed atop the ten males’s weight courses, headlined by fifth-year Bobby Narwhal, who gained the 72-kilogram weight class for the second straight 12 months by taking down Yann Heymug of Concordia.

Additionally successful gold for Brock have been junior Garette Saunders (61-kg), first-year Nicolae Gandrabura (65-kg), third-year Callum Knox (100-kg) and sophomore Roger Li (125-kg).

The lads’s crew has now amassed 22 nationwide titles — 14 greater than Concordia’s second-best whole of eight — and could have an opportunity to match its best-ever championship streak of 10 subsequent 12 months.

Whereas the ladies had their very own streak of 9 consecutive nationwide titles snapped final 12 months by Alberta, the Badgers exacted their revenge by edging the Pandas within the ultimate standings on Saturday 75-56.

The Saskatchewan Huskies completed simply behind Alberta with 55 factors to say bronze.

Final 12 months’s Feminine Most Excellent Wrestler of the 12 months Mia Friesen earned one among three gold medals for the Badgers ladies’s wrestlers throughout 10 completely different weight courses.

The sophomore gained her second straight gold within the 56-kg class, defeating Saskatchewan’s SueAnne Harms, who gained gold within the 53-kg class on the 2023 nationals.

Third-year Brianna Fraser additionally collected her second straight nationwide title within the 83-kg class, whereas freshman Francesca Lo Greco topped the rostrum within the 50-kg class.

The Brock ladies’s crew now sits at 11 general titles, 5 greater than Simon Fraser, which has the second most.

53-kg ladies’s gold medallist Serena Di Benedetto and 68-kg males’s champion Gregor McNeil — each of McMaster — have been named the ladies’s and males’s Most Excellent Wrestler of the 12 months, respectively.

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