Nicole Betker, Huskie Athletics
SASKATOON - The University of Jamestown Jimmies claimed the women’s title, while the University of Alberta Golden Bears took the men’s title at the annual University of Saskatchewan-hosted Huskie Open Saturday in Saskatoon’s Education Gym.
Jamestown, from the NAIA, was crowned the top team with 37 points on the women’s side, while theGolden Bears accumulated 54 points to win the men’s crown.
The Huskie women finished second, while the men finished third. The Calgary Dinos finished third on the women’s side, followed by the Winnipeg Wesmen and Alberta Pandas. Regina finished second on the men’s side. The Wesmen were fourth.
Saskatchewan wrestlers combined for six medals at the tournament – four gold, one silver and one bronze.
Reigning Canada West Most Outstanding Male Wrestler Josh Bodnarchuk captured one of the gold medals in the 61-kg weight class for the Huskies, while reigning Canada West champion Andrew Johnson added a gold for the Huskies in the 82-kg class. Katie Dutchak struck gold for the Huskies in the 48-kg, while Kiera Prior added the final gold in the women’s 82-kg.
Annie Monteith (51-kg) secured the silver medal and Zachary Bieber (57-kg) won bronze.
Also competing for the Huskies were: Devyn Manderscheid (4th, 59-kg), Carly Baker (6th, 63-kg), Alison Mcphee (6th, 67-kg), Rebecca Ells (6th, 82-kg), Alex Schell (5th, 48-kg), Taylor Derdall (6th, 48-kg), Nathan Galan (5th, 65-kg), Ayobami Peluola (6th, 65-kg), Micah Heide (6th, 68-kg), Tyler Bentley (5th, 76-kg), Noah Bertholet (5th, 90-kg), and Thomas Johnston (5th, 72-kg).
Jamestown’s Amy Fearnside was named the female most outstanding wrestler at the tournament, while the Huskies’ Bodnarchuk was named the most outstanding male wrestler.
The weekend also featured a high school wrestling tournament – the Hound Open – on Friday.
The Huskies will hit the mat next in Edmonton at the Golden Bear Open January 7. Saskatchewan hosts the Canada West Wrestling Championship February 10-11.