The Algoma wrestlers had a successful weekend away in their first tournament of the season at the McMaster Open in Hamilton, Ontario, bringing home three medals: a gold, silver, and bronze.
Alex Fry, a first-year Computer Science wrestler from Defiance, Ohio, earned gold in the 120-kilogram division. Fry defeated York’s Ali Kocal 8-3 by pin. This was Fry’s first tournament with Algoma University, and was his first tournament wrestling freestyle. Being from Ohio, Fry has been trained to wrestle folkstyle but has made the transition to Canadian-style wrestling.
Second-year wrestler and last year’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year, Natasha Doroodian, earned silver in the 67-kilogram division. Doroodian posted a 2-1 record, defeating Queen’s Tori Hollet 10-0, and Lakehead’s Gabriel Fairhurst 10-0. In the final, Doroodian lost a tough match to Guelph’s Alison Carrow.
Sociology major and rookie wrestler Steven Kymes from Dafter, Michigan, claimed bronze this past weekend. In the 72-kilogram weight class, Kymes posted a 3-1 record, beating Noah Erskine 16-5, and then losing to Brock’s Nick Rowe in the semi-final. He won his next two matches by superiority, beating Guelph’s Tom Hibert 12-2 and Ryerson’s Farhad Nouri 10-0.
“Overall, the coaching staff is very impressed with the first showing from the Algoma wrestlers,” said Head Coach Trevor Manchester. “Alex and Steven are both making a smooth transition from folkstyle wrestling to freestyle wrestling. Natasha was dominant in her wins, and was in tough in her loss. The team’s conditioning and technique have come leaps and bounds from the first practice at the beginning of September, and we expect to keep improving for the rest of the season.”