The Algoma wrestlers continued their medalling streak this past weekend at the York Open, bringing home three medals, two silver and a bronze.
Last year’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year, Natasha Doroodian, once again shone on the mats, taking home a silver medal. Doroodian had a strong tournament, with her only loss from Michelle Fazarri (Brock Wrestling Club), who is currently ranked second in the world at the 60-kilogram weight class. Doroodian had a tournament record with 3-1, with all three wins coming by pin – Urshian Khalid (York), Anna Ernst (STCC), and Michalia Walls (London – Western).
Rookie Alex Fry, who earned gold earlier this season at the McMaster Open, brought home a silver medal in the 120-kilogram weight class after losing to Ruslan Bollaev (York) in his only match of the weekend. Fry started off strong taking a quick lead in the first minute but lagged behind in the later portions of the match. He eventually lost by technical superiority.
Rookie Steven Kymes brought home his second bronze of the season. Kymes also had a great performance, losing a close match to Christian Service (Montreal). He was dominant in wins over Brennan Dickie (Laurentian) and Michael Sturino (York), winning both by technical superiority.
Second-year wrestler Lauren Towell showed improvement over the weekend, coming in fourth. Although winless this weekend, she took action to her opponents and is learning to attach and not let other wrestlers control the pace of the match.
“The York Open was a great test for our team to gauge their progress to this point,” said Head Coach Trevor Manchester. “There were a lot of good things shown and we were able to see the areas that we need to work on. Natasha and Steven had great performances. Steven’s hard work in practice shows on the mat. His conditioning is second to none, but we need to control his tendency to always attack even if he’s in a bad position. With Natasha, we have been working different technique to try to expand her ability to score from all positions. With the first half of the season now completed, we will focus on pulling everything together and preparing mentally for the OUA and CIS Championships.”
The wrestlers will return to action in the New Year at the Brock Open on January 10th