Three stars of the week: Wrestlers Dutchak and Peterson earn top honours

Three stars of the week: Wrestlers Dutchak and Peterson earn top honours

Canada West Communications

Highlights:

  • Wrestlers Katie Dutchak of the University of Saskatchewan and Marcus Peterson of the University of Alberta are the Canada West First Stars of the Week after being named the conference’s Most Outstanding Wrestlers at this past weekend’s CW Wrestling Championships in Saskatoon
  • Alberta’s Meg Casault is the conference’s Female Third Star of the Week after breaking the all-time Canada West women’s volleyball career kills mark (1,255) this past Saturday
  • Also earning star honours this week were: Winnipeg’s Faith Hezekiah (female second star), Calgary’s Elgin Pearce (male second star), Alberta’s Meg Casault (female third star), and Fraser Valley’s Brad Hildenbrandt (male third star).

EDMONTON – Wrestlers Katie Dutchak and Marcus Peterson are the Canada West First Stars of the week, after outstanding weekend performances at the CW Wrestling Championships this past weekend in Saskatoon. 

Dutchak wrestled her way to conference gold in the women’s 48 kg division, helping lead the host Huskies to the first women’s Canada West wrestling banner in school history. The Saskatoon product was named Canada West Most Outstanding Female Wrestler for her gold medal performance. 

Peterson also posted an impressive weekend in Saskatoon, as the third-year wrestler claimed gold in the men’s 72 kg weight class, and was named the Male Most Outstanding Wrestler. 

Going 6-0 over the two-day championship, Peterson aided Alberta in capturing the program’s fourth Canada West title in the last five seasons. 

Also earning star honours this week were: Winnipeg’s Faith Hezekiah (female second star), Calgary’s Elgin Pearce (male second star), Alberta’s Meg Casault (female third star), and Fraser Valley’s Brad Hildenbrandt (male third star).

 

Female first star – Katie Dutchak

Saskatchewan Huskies wrestling

48 kg

4th-year

Saskatoon, Sask.

Business 

Meet log: Friday, February 10 – Saturday, February 11 – 5-0, gold in 48 kg weight class, named Most Outstanding Female Wrestler at CW Wrestling Championships in Saskatoon.

Fourth-year University of Saskatchewan wrestler Katie Dutchak was named the Canada West Most Outstanding Female Wrestler for the second straight year after striking gold once again. 

The fourth-year Business student from Saskatoon stood on top of the podium in the 48 kg weight class after sailing through her five bouts at the Canada West championship without having a single point scored against her. A year earlier, Dutchak was crowned champion in the 51-kg category. 

Dutchak’s gold medal helped secure the Huskies’ first-ever conference title in women’s wrestling, as Saskatchewan now prepares for the U SPORTS Wrestling National Championships, Feb. 24-26 at the University of Winnipeg.

 

Male first star – Marcus Peterson

Alberta Golden Bears wrestling

72 kg

3rd-year

Brooks, Alta

Native Studies 

Meet log: Friday, February 10 – Saturday, February 11 – 6-0, gold in 72 kg weight class, named Most Outstanding Male Wrestler at CW Wrestling Championships in Saskatoon.

Third-year University of Alberta Golden Bears wrestler Marcus Peterson is the Canada West Male First Star of the Week after helping the No. 2-ranked Bears capture their fourth conference title in five seasons this past weekend in Saskatoon.

Peterson captured the gold medal in the 72 kg weight class on Saturday, finishing with a perfect 6-0 record, and was one of seven Bears to finish on the podium this past weekend. Peterson’s efforts also earned him the Canada West Outstanding Male Wrestler award. He is one of 12 Golden Bears who qualified for the national championship with their performances this week. 

The conference championship is the Bears fourth in five seasons after winning three-straight Canada West banners from 2013-2015. 

The second-ranked Golden Bears will finish their varsity season in two weeks, as they head to the U SPORTS Wrestling National Championships, Feb. 24-26 at the University of Winnipeg.

 

Female second star – Faith Hezekiah

Winnipeg Wesmen basketball

Forward

2nd-year

Winnipeg, Man.

Conflict Resolution 

Game log: Friday, February 10 – 20 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 88-76 W @ Victoria / Saturdayy, February 11 – 29 points, 10 rebounds, and one assist in 80-69 W @ Victoria.

Second-year forward Faith Hezekiah had her best weekend of the season in helping the Wesmen women’s basketball team pick up a weekend sweep on the road against the University of Victoria Vikes.

In the two games played she scored a combined 49 points, shot 23-of-32 from the field (72%), grabbed 15 rebounds and averaged 28 minutes of playing time off the bench.

In Friday’s 88-76 win, Hezekiah scored 20 points, connecting on 10-of-15 from the field and was unstoppable on Saturday scoring a game-high 29 points (13-of-17 shooting) while hauling in 10 rebounds in an 80-69 victory.

Winnipeg finished regular season play on top of the Canada West standings with a record of 18-2.

The team will have the first round bye in the playoffs and will host a best-of-three quarter-final series starting on February 23rd.

 

Male second star – Elgin Pearce

Calgary Dinos hockey

Forward

4th-year

Port Coquitlam, B.C.

Arts 

Game log: Friday, February 10 – two goals including OT winner in 2-1 OTW @ Regina / Saturday, February 11 – two goals, including GWG in 4-2 W @ Regina.

The University of Calgary Dinos men’s hockey team completed a sweep of the Regina Cougars over the weekend and earned themselves third place in the conference after the final weekend of Canada West regular season play. 

Fourth-year Elgin Pearce scored four goals over the weekend to make his total 20 on the season. The Arts student’s 20 goals places him first in the conference in goal scoring, and second in points with 31 for 2016-17. He’s also one of only four players in U SPORTS to reach the 20-goal mark this year.

Pearce scored both goals for the Dinos on Friday night, including the OT winner in Regina. The following day, Pearce scored two more to reach 20 goals on the season, including the game winner in the Dinos’ 4-2 win over the Cougars. 

Calgary will host the UBC Thunderbirds this weekend, February 17-19, in a quarter-final playoff series at Father David Bauer Arena.

 

Female third star – Meg Casault

Alberta Pandas volleyball

Outside hitter

5th-year

Edmonton, Alta.

Physical Education and Recreation 

Game log: Friday, February 10 – 12 kills and 10 digs in 3-0 W vs. UBCO / Saturday, February 11 – 12 kills and five digs in 3-0 W vs. UBCO

Fifth-year Pandas Volleyball outside hitter Meg Casault is the conference’s third star after breaking the Canada West all-time career kills mark during the Pandas sweep of the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat. 

Casault recorded her 1,255th career kill in the opening set of Saturday night’s 3-0 win over the Heat. She breaks the old mark set by former Pandas volleyball MVP Tawana McLeod (nee Wardlaw), who set the previous conference record of 1,254 career kills in 2006. 

Entering the weekend set against the Heat 14 kills shy of the record, Casault spun 12 kills Saturday, while also recording 10 digs, as the Pandas knocked off the No. 9 Heat in straight sets. 

The Edmonton product set the conference record early the next night, as her record-breaking kill gave the Pandas a 19-13 lead in the opening set. Casault spun in another 12 kills on Saturday, to go along with five digs, en route to a second-straight 3-0 win over UBCO.

The undefeated and top ranked Pandas will aim another pair of wins over a nationally ranked opponent this weekend, as they travel to UBC to take on the 16-4 UBC Thunderbirds.

 

Male third star – Brad Hildenbrandt

Fraser Valley Cascades wrestling

120 kg

2nd-year

Surrey, B.C.

General Studies 

Meet log: Friday, February 10 – Saturday, February 11 – 5-0, gold in 120 kg weight class at CW Wrestling Championships in Saskatoon.

Brad Hildenbrandt of the UFV Cascades turned in a series of dominant performances en route to gold at the Canada West wrestling championships in Saskatoon on the weekend.

The sophomore from Surrey, B.C. won all five of his matches in a very strong heavyweight division (men’s 120 kg), surrendering just five points along the way. Just one match – an 8-3 decision in his tourney opener against Jordan Tholl of the Regina Cougars – went the distance, as Hildenbrandt wrapped up the other four early, three by technical superiority and one via pin. It’s the second career Canada West medal for Hildenbrandt, who won silver at 90 kg in 2015. 

Hildenbrandt is one of four Cascades wrestlers to qualify for the U SPORTS Wrestling National Championships, Feb. 24-26 at the University of Winnipeg.