Lakehead Univ to host Women s Championship Cup college duals in Canada Dec 2 3 Men s duals added Event to be webcast live

By Mike Aylward | Nov. 29, 2005, 12 a.m. (ET)
The Lakehead Univ. Thunderwolves wrestling team is staging its first annual Gord Garvie Women's and Men's National Duals Meet this Friday, Dec. 2nd and Saturday Dec. 3rd at the Thunderdome on the Lakehead campus in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

This new event is a combination of Lakehead's annual Women's Championship Cup of Wrestling and Men's National Duals Meet previously held separately. The new Garvie National Duals Meet creates one of the largest varsity wrestling events in North America in the unique and entertaining duals meet format. The Duals meet format means that the event is a team competition where each individual wrestler competes for team points and not for individual golds.

Lakehead Co-Head Coach, and event organizer, Francis Clayton said this new event gives varsity teams across Canada and the USA an international competition in the unique and exciting duals format.

"It is my hope that these two events will be considered CIS National Duals in the future; a championships to complement the CIS Championships held in March," said Clayton.

Afternoon action from both events will be videowebcast live from the Thunderdome on Lakehead ThunderVision beginning at 1:00 pm EST for women and 12:30 pm for men and running to the meets' conclusions at approximately 5:00 pm.

To watch all the action; go to
Click on the ThunderVision logo. You will need hi speed internet and Quick Time Media Player to watch the bouts.

This year's women's Championship Cup will feature many Olympians, World and Junior world medalists, senior team members, and national and university national champions from Canada and the USA. The field is made up of host Lakehead Thunderwolves, the Missouri Valley College Orange and Purple teams, the University of the Cumberlands, the Northern Michigan Wildcats USOEC team, the Simon Fraser Clan, the Calgary Dinos, the Saskatchewan Huskies, the Brock Badgers, the Memorial Seahawks and the host Thunderwolves. This field has 7 of the top 10 varsity programs in North America.

Women's action begins at 9:00 am Friday with hourly rounds running until the 2:30 finals. The women's meet will be split into two pools of five teams. The event will wrap up at 3:45 with a USA vs. Canada All-Star Duals competition.

The men's National Duals team meet will include host Lakehead, Alberta, Brock, Calgary, and McMaster. The meet will be run in a round robin format with 5 hourly rounds beginning at 10:30 am on Saturday.

Women's Garvie National Duals Meet Preview: Friday, Dec. 3rd

Lakehead Thunderwolves (CIS; Thunder Bay, Ontario. Ranked No. 6 in North America)

New Co-Head Coach Owen Dawkins is very happy with the results of his wrestlers from early season meets and thinks wrestling at home will be a great boost for his squad. "I am very pleased with both our men's and women's teams progression thus far this season. The Garvie National Duals will prove to be a great tool for evaluating where we are as a team right now, and for evaluating what we need to work on as a team to be prepared for the National Championships."

Wrestlers to watch are Tasha Eady who is ranked No. 5 in North America at 63kg and Katie Patroch who is No. 8 at 59 kg. Eady won a silver medal at the World Junior Championships this past summer while Patroch is a former Commonwealth Championships gold medalist. Melody and Emily McCague are also very strong grapplers for the Wolves.

Lakehead Roster:
48kg Michelle Gorrie
51kg Sara Silva , Jessica George
55kg Alexandra Demars, Sara Swan
59kg Katie Patroch , Leah Dougherty
63kg Tasha Eddy
67kg Melody McCague
72kg Emily McCague

University of The Cumberlands (NAIA: Kentucky, No. 1 in North America)

Head Coach Kip Flanik brings the powerhouse of North American collegiate wrestling to Thunder Bay; a team that is ranked No. 1 on the continent. This squad is full of Top 10 ranked wrestlers, US national champs, world medalists, university games medalists, Pan American Games medalists; Cumberland is the favourite to take the team title at the Garvie National Duals.

Flanik said his team loves to wrestle at the Championship Cup. "If there is one tournament I look forward to more than the US Senior Nationals, it is the Lakehead duals. Coach Clayton and Coach Dawkins have put together the best women's dual meet tournament in North America and we feel honored to be able to compete with the best in
Canada as well as from the USA. This tournament will have Olympians, Senior world team members, Junior world team members, University world team members, National team members, CIS champions, US National champions, etc; so the level of wrestling will be fantastic. We eagerly look forward to this test."

The Cumberlands Roster
48kg Jessica Medina; No. 6 ranked in North America, 4th at 2005 Sunkist, 2005 McMaster Open Champion at 51kg
48kg Melissa Girard; Junior world team member, 2005 McMaster Open champion
48kg Deseree Cazares
51kg Warry Woodard; 2005 McMaster runner up
51k Rikki Giles
55kg Tara Williams; No. 7 ranked in North America
55kg Jessica Jauck
59kg Othella Lucas; No. 3 ranked in North America, 2005 Sunkist champion, 2nd McMaster Open
59kg Krystal Kiyuna
63kg Alaina Berube; No. 1 ranked in North America, 2005 National champion, 2005 University world bronze medalist,2005 Sunkist runner up, 2004 Dave Schultz champion, 2004 Olympic alternate,National team member
63kg Krisha Childres
67kg Heather Martin; No. 1 ranked in North America, 2005 Junior world silver medalist, National team member, Pan Am silver medalist, 2005 McMaster Open co champ.
67kg Shelly Ruberg; No. 6 ranked in North America, 2005 McMaster co champ
72kg Toccara Montgomery; No. 1 ranked in North American, 2004 Olympian, 2x Senior world silver medalist, 2x Junior world silver medalist, 5x national champion
72kg Tabetha Golt; No. 3 ranked in North America, 2005 McMaster Open champion
82kg Theresa Fennell

Simon Fraser University Clan (CIS; Vancouver, B.C. No. 2 in North America)

Simon Fraser is the powerhouse of Canadian varsity women's wrestling and Head Coach Mike Jones will be bringing a formidable team to the National Duals. Jones said he can't wait to see his squad go at it in the exciting Duals action. Even though we are under considerable financial pressure this year, we think that this type of event is the future of wrestling in Canada and that it is important that we be in attendance. It has been an excellent showcase for wrestling the past two years and earned the support and respect by being a well run event. Our roster can change quite a bit but we will have a full team."

Simon Fraser Roster:
Ashley McKilligan 44kg (Sophomore); National Canadian Junior Champion
Amanda Dick 48kg (Sophomore); National Canadian Junior Champion; CIS Champion
Sarah White 51kg (Senior); 4th in last years CIS; Junior Worlds silver medalist
Rita Pare 55kg Freshman; Juvenile Champion
Emily Richardson 59kg (Senior); Canadian National Champion
Stacie Anaka 63 kg (Freshman); Juvenile Champion
Ashlea Mcmanus 67kg (Senior): 5th at Senior World Championships last year
72kg: Erin Church (Sophomore) or Hayley McLeary (Freshman); Canadian National Juvenile Champion
Shayla Turcotte 80kg (Sophomore): CIS Silver Medalist, Canadian Junior Silver Medalist

University of Calgary Dinos (CIS; Calgary, AB. No. 3 in North America)

Head Coach Mitch Ostberg has a powerful squad and they are a threat to win the team title. Ostberg said the Dinos love the team approach of the Lakehead Duals. "This is an exciting event for both our men's and women's team. We get to test ourselves against other CIS teams head to head. The CIS championships doesn't offer this opportunity because the team score is based on individual placings. I think this really helps the athletes develop by wrestling for a true team title as a team. The athletes will have to raise their intensity when they have their whole
eam behind them cheering them on."

The Dinos have three CIS medallists from last year and Brittany Laverdure is ranked No. 1 in North America at 55kg.

Calgary Roster:
48kg Brandy Ens- 4th yr, CIS Silver medallist 2004
53 kg Breanne Beh-1st year
55 kg Brittany Laverdure 5th year- No. 1 ranked in North America, team captain, 2005 CIS Champion, and Senior National silver medallist, Senior National team member
59 kg Jazzie Barker - 1st yr, Junior national silver medalist, Senior Nationals bronze medalist
63 kg Justin Bouchard - 2nd yr, Junior National champ 2005, Junior worlds 8th place, CIS bronze medalist 2005
67 kg Leah Callahan - 1st yr, Canada Summer Games silver medalist
72 kg Rachel Pinet 1st yr - 2 time Junior National champ
82 kg Megan Goldsmith 2nd yr - transferred from University of Minnesota Morris last year

Missouri Valley College Vikings (NAIA, Marshall, Missouri. No. 4 in North America)

Head Coach Carl Murphree brings the No. 2 ranked team in North America into the Thunderdome with the hopes of winning the Garvie national duals title. The Vikings are a formidable squad and feature some world level wrestlers. Murphree said his squad is ready for the test. "This will be a big test for Valley; I am looking forward to matching up with the best teams in North America. It should be a great tournament for fans and wrestlers." The Vikings are bringing two teams to the Cup; a purple and an orange team. An interesting factoid is that wrestler Britney Sevy comes from North Pole, Alaska.

Key wrestlers are Stephany Lee (No. 1 ranked in North America, 2005 Sunkist Champion. 2004 Manitoba Champion, and World University Champion), Tabithia Ramsey (4th Pan_American Games 2004, U.S. National
University Champion) and Rachel Billerbeck (5th US Nationals, 4th US World team trials).

Missouri Valley Roster:
Ashley Elizabeth; 48 kg
Cruz Norine; 48 kg
Homma Angelee; 48 kg
Miyasaki Tanya; 48 kg
Ramsey Tabithia; 48 kg
Varland Christina; 48 kg
Ramos Carmen; 51 kg
Sevy Britney ; 51 kg
Watanabe Maika; 51 kg (No. 5 ranked in North America)
Schuman Samantha; 51 kg
Fair Brittany; 55 kg
Germany Jennifer; 55 kg
Calibuso Clarissa; 55 kg (No. 8 ranked in North America)
Chew Erika; 55kg kg
Martell Courtney; 55 kg
Solis Sharlee ; 55 kg
Rivera Denise; 59 kg
Bogren Brooke ; 59 kg
Chambers Kayla; 59 kg
Duarte Julie; 59 kg
Dunn Maria; 59 kg
Kennedy Jamie; 59 kg
Velasquez Amanda; 59 kg
Billerbeck Rachel; 63 kg (No. 4 ranked in North America)
Howe Karen; 63 kg
Meletia Chaneal; 63 kg
Rinehart Emily; 67 kg
Hilliard Sara; 67 kg
Jones Brittany; 67 kg
Contreras Celeste; 72 kg
Novinska Lacy; 72 kg (No. 6 ranked in North America)
Lee Stephany; 72 kg (No. 1 ranked in North America)
Perez Selina; 72 kg
Curtis Collette; 82 kg
Hampton Gillian; 82 kg

Brock Badgers (CIS, St. Catherine's, Ont. No. 5 in North America)

Brock is a perennial powerhouse in CIS wrestling and hope to be competitive at this year's National Duals. Head Coach Bill Smith said his young team is in the rebuilding process. "Our team this year is young but working hard to replace two CIS finalists from last year. Alana King has had some good results this year following up her second
place a last year's nationals with Top 2 finishes at the Sunkist Meet and the NYAC Tournament. We are looking forward to the tournament to measure our progress and to see what we need to focus on the rest of the year."

King is ranked No. 2 in North America at 48 kg while Liz Martindale is ranked No. 8 at 51kg.

Brock Roster:
48kg--Melanie Howitt
51kg--Alana King, Liz Martindale
55kg--Jessie Bondy, Golda Parahoo, Ashley Werner
59kg--Michelle Fazzari
63kg--Lindsay MacDonald
67kg--Buffy Ainsworth
72kg--Jocelyn Dresser
82kg--Jen Hanson

Saskatchewan Huskies (CIS; Saskatoon, Sk. No. 9 in North America)

Head Coach Todd Hinds brings a very powerful team to the National Duals and the Huskies will be looking to place high; led by Megan Buydens who is team Captain and CIS champion. Hinds said his team is ready for the
high level of competition. "This is a great opportunity for our athletes to compete in this dual meet format. It allows for us to compete as a team and every point counts. This is also a great opportunity for us to get use to the dual meet format as this is how the Canada West Championship is run. It's going to be a great event."

Saskatchewan Roster
48kg; Pam Ewanishin (Canada Games Champion) and Carol Scrivener
51kg; Alyssa Krahn (Canada Games Champion)
55kg; Jill Gallays (Silver Medalist at the Junior National Championships)
59kg; Amy Dyck (4th at CIS Championships 2005, Bronze at Junior Nationals) and Angie Istace
63kg; One of the above
67kg; Megan Buydens (Captain of the Huskies and returning CIS Champion) and Jane Packota
72kg; One of the above
82kg; Beth Thompson (Juvenile and Junior National Champion)

Memorial Seahawks (CIS; St. John's Newfoundland. No. 16 in North America)

The Seahawks are only sending five wrestlers due to injuries, so are the smallest team at the meet, but Head Coach Glen Clark said his squad loves the Duals format and really wanted to make the trip to Thunder Bay. "These are all experienced wrestlers. We've had a couple of injuries lately, and our small team size made me think twice about coming to a dual meet , but my team thoroughly enjoys this competition, so it is something we do not want to miss."

The Seahawk to watch is KerriAnn Evely at 67 kg. She went through last year's Championship Cup without a loss and finished third in the CIS.

Memorial Roster:
51 kg Carla Bryant
59 kg Allison Rockwood
63 kg Kellee Melendy
67 kg Kerri Ann Evely
72 kg Gina Keeping

Northern Michigan University Wildcats (USOEC Team; Marquette, Michigan)

This team could be a contender at this year's Duals. They are unranked because they are, in fact, the United States Olympic Education Center team that trains and attends university at Northern Michigan and don't usually wrestle under the Northern Michigan banner.

USOEC Roster:
48kg Sadie Kaneda
51 kg Debbi Sakai (No. 8 in North America)
55 kg Camhuyen (Sandy) Do, Nikki Darrow, Amy Borginini
63 kg Hope Schenck, Kierstin Hyatt
67 kg Stefenie Shaw
72 kg Donell Bradley

Men's Garvie National Duals Meet Preview: Saturday, December 3rd

Lakehead Thunderwolves (CIS: Thunder Bay, Ont.)

New Co-Head Coach Owen Dawkins is very happy with the results of his wrestlers from early season meets and thinks wrestling at home will be a great boost for his squad. "I am very pleased with both our men's and women's teams progression thus far this season. The Garvie National Duals will prove to be a great tool for evaluating where we are as a team right now, and for evaluating what we need to work on as a team to be prepared for the National Championships."

Wolves to watch are Chris Camarata (Canadian Jr. National Team/OUA silver medalist last year) who has won three gold medals at three meets this season and is undefeated. Mitch Fryia and Dave Rector are coming off gold medal performances two weeks ago at the Regina Meet as well. Darren Manion, Andrew Elliot, and Yasin Kaya are also very tough on the mats for the Wolves.

Lakehead Roster:
54kg Chris Camarata (OUA Silver Medallist 2004, 3 consecutive golds 2005)
57kg Martin Sterling
61kg Mark Crockett, Chris Britt
65kg Ryan MacLeod
68kg Mitch Fryia
72kg Mustafa Muhomad
76kg Andrew Elliot
82kg Yasin Kaya
90kg Dave Rector Dante Gravina
130kg Darren Manion John Wright

Brock Badgers (CIS; St. Catherine's, Ont.)

The Badgers are the big guns in the CIS until somebody can pin them down. Coach Marty Calder said his team is looking forward to the National Duals. "This tournament provides us with the opportunity to wrestle a lot of matches with opponents we will be seeing at the CIS tournament in March. We're hopeful that our athletes are moving forward in preparation for the National Championship."

Brock Roster:
54kg James Henry
57 kg Dylan Fryia
61 kg Jamie Macari
65 kg Pete Simons
68 kg Brandon McKinley
72 kg Ryan McCracken
76 kg Eric MacKinnon
82 kg Scott Hall
90 kg Mark Walter
130 kg Mike Neufeld

Alberta Golden Bears (CIS; Edmonton, AB.)

Head Coach Vang Ioannides brings a very strong den of bears to Thunder Bay this Saturday. Coach Ioannides said his team loves the dual formats and is ready to wrestle against the CIS's best. "We are really looking forward to this event. The dual meet format is spectator friendly, and creates a "team" atmosphere in an otherwise individual
sport. This event will allow us to measure ourselves against the best in the CIS, and hopefully we will gain some valuable insight as to what we can expect from our competition at this year's CIS Championships."

Bears to watch are Anthony Kulak and Joe Slobodian who are both CIS bronze medalists and Kulak is also Canadian Junior National Champion.

Alberta Roster:
54 kg Anthony Kulak (2005 Canada West Champion, Junior national Champion- 14th at Junior Worlds, CIS Bronze Medallist)
57 kg Jason Lee
61 kg Joe Slobodian (2004 CIS Bronze Medallist)
65 kg Bram Ratay
68 kg Joe Harrington (Placed 6th at 2005 CIS Championships)
72 kg Thomas Rowmanowski
76 kg Jens Reuter
82 kg Louis Bezuidenhout
90 kg Wes Jones (2005 Juvenile National Silver Medallist, 2004 Cadet National Team Member)
130 kg Mike Hulbert (7th at 2005 CIS Championships, 4th at 2005 Junior Nationals)

Calgary Dinos (CIS; Calgary, AB.)

Head Coach Mitch Ostberg's young team team will be ready for action this Saturday. Coach Ostberg said his team loves the Duals meet. "This is an exciting event for both our team. We get to test ourselves against other CIS teams head to head. The CIS chamionships doesn't offer this opportunity because the team score is based on individual placings. I think this really helps the athletes develop by wrestling for a true team title as a team. The athletes will have to raise their intensity when they have their whole team behind them cheering them on."

The Dino to watch is two time CIS medalist, team captain, and Canadian national wrestling team member Joe Bentley.

Calgary Roster:
54kg - Shaughn Jones 1st yr
57kg - Ryan Lannan 1st yr - 5th Canada Summer Games
65kg - Jeremiah Barnert - 4th yr
68kg - Joe Bentley 5th yr team captain- CIS Bronze 2005, CIS silver 2004, 2 time Junior national champ, 5th 2005 Senior nationals, Senior National Team member
72kg - Wes Barnert 1st yr - Canada Games Champ
76kg - Nathan Bodewitz 1st yr
82kg - Wilson Burnett - 4th yr
90kg - Beamer Comfort - 5th yr team captain
130kg - Mark Dewit

McMaster Marauders (CIS; Hamilton, Ont.)

Head Coach Nick Cipriano said he has an interesting team. "Wrestlers to watch; all of them; they are all entertaining and funny people. Athletically, Francis is a good one, Dave Rennalls is tough, and Steve Rennalls is funky. Dusan is our only freshman and he can be outstanding.

McMaster Roster:
57 kg Tommy Wauchoppe
61 kg Mike Celli
65 kg Steve Rennalls
68 kg Dusan Milakara
72 kg Matt Miller/Dave Rennalls
76 kg Ray Foster
82 kg Sheldon Francis
90 kg Andrew Bournes
120 kg Lenny Payne


Women's National Duals Schedule: Dec. 2, 2005

Pool A
The Cumberlands
U of Saskatchewan
Missouri Valley Purple
Simon Fraser

Pool B
Northern Michigan
Missouri Valley Orange

Mat A
Cmb vs U of S
Cmb vs MUN
Cmb vs SFU
Cmb vs Miss P
U of S vs SFU

Mat B
Miss P vs SFU
U of S vs Miss P
U of S vs MUN
MUN vs MissP

Mat C
Uof C vs LU
U of C vs BR
Uof C vs MissO
UofC vs NM
LU vs MissO

Mat D
NM vs Miss O
LU vs NM
LU vs BR
MissO vs BR
BR vs NM

2:30 Gold/Silver; third/fourth; fifth/sixth; seventh/eight
3:30 Awards
3:45 to 4:45 USA vs Canada Dual

Men's National Duals Schedule: Dec. 2, 2005

U of A

Mat A
LU vs BR
LU vs UofA
LU vs Mac
LU vs Uof C
BR vs Mac

Mat B
UofC vs Mac
BR vs UofC
BR vs UofA
Mac vs UofA

Rd One @ 11am
Rd Two @ Noon
Rd Three @ 1 PM
Rd Four @ 2 PM
Rd Five @ 3 PM