AU Wrestler Competes at National Championship in NB Today

Natasha Doroodian

First-year Algoma University Thunderbirds wrestler Natasha Doroodian is competing at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) today in Fredericton at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Championships, the highest level of university sport in Canada.

Doroodian, a graduate of Korah Collegiate and native of Sault Ste. Marie, is the most decorated wrestler on the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Athletics team, having picked up a gold, silver, and bronze medal this season. She brought home gold after championing the 63-kilogram weight class at the inaugural York Open at York University, a silver at the Marauder Wrestling Invitational at McMaster University, and most recently, a bronze at the Western Open in London, Ontario.

Accompanying Doroodian to the CIS Championships is Head Coach Trevor Manchester, who has coached Doroodian since her wrestling career began at Korah in Grade Nine. “I have had the pleasure of coaching Natasha for her entire wrestling career: high school, club, and now university. She has a dedication to the sport that is second to none… Natasha is a wrestler who is great at using control positions and toughness to grind out wins. She is starting to really expand her knowledge of the sport,” said Manchester.

The Algoma U student qualified for the CIS Championships after placing fifth at the OUA Championships in early February at York U. Doroodian had the highest finish for all the Algoma wrestlers.

Doroodian’s first matches are scheduled today at UNB against Larissa D’Alleva from Western University and Theresa Urbanczyk from the University of Alberta. Western U’s wrestling team is currently ranked second in Canada, with Alberta’s team in third.

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Doroodian is the first student-athlete in Algoma University’s history to compete at a CIS Championship.

Algoma University and the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Athletics Program would like to wish Doroodian the best of luck this weekend.

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