Wrestling: Guelph Open 2020 Recap

The Guelph Open wrestling tournament took place on January 18th where men and women university and non-university teams competed. Below is a recap of the tournament results.

The Brock University Badgers men’s and women’s teams dominated the entire tournament. They were the highest scoring team of the day with 51 points. The team earned 337 total match points, which none of their competitors came close to having, and a winning percentage of 0.65%.

Jessica Brouilette and Skylar Grote took home first place wins for the Badgers in their respective weight classes; 62 kg and 76 kg. Brouilette earned 21 match points for the Badgers and also had the fastest tech fall of the day at 48 seconds. Grote earned 15 match points. The rest of the team had various rankings in their respective weight classes, two in 2nd place, two in 3rd place and one in 4th place.

Jevon Balfour was the only male athlete to earn first place in his weight class, 74 kg, for the Badgers. He had 18 total match points and earned the fastest fall at 1:18 for the team. Although he didn’t place first in his weight class, Ignatious Pitt was at the top of multiple categories and is worth talking about. He earned the most total match points, 48, for the team and had the most tech falls in the least amount of time. His skills matched by none helped the Badgers rise to victory.

For non-university teams, Edmonton WC came second to the Badgers by only 3 points; they had a total of 48 team points. They earned 183 total match points and had a winning percentage of 0.59%.

Katie Mulkay and Haley Heffel were their first place winners in the 65kg and 68 kg weight classes for the women that competed. Mulkay earned 24 total match points and Heffel earned 22.

Alec Montoya won first in the 57 kg weight class and was their only male competitor to earn first place. He had to most total match points for the team, 35 points, and the most single match points, 17.

The Guelph Gryphons came in 5th place overall with 37 team points and 172 total match points. They had two first place winners; Hannah Little in the women’s 55 kg weight class and Job Reinhart in the men’s 97 kg weight class. The Gryphons definitely didn’t disappoint their fans in their hometown.

As the OUA and U Sports wrestling championships are fast approaching, these teams are definitely ones to watch out for.

Cover Photo: Guelph Gryphons (Twitter)

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