The University of Saskatchewan Huskies wrestling team will be returning from the weekend’s Canada West championships in Calgary with an impressive 19 medals and three awards.
Abby Wolff was named the women’s Canada West Rookie of the Year while also claiming gold in the 50-kilogram division.
Meanwhile, both Student-Athlete Community Service Awards were won by Huskies with SueAnne Harms being named on the women’s side and Donovan Neudorf winning on the men’s side. Harms also won gold in the 56-kg division and Neudorf picked up silver in the 65-kg.
Other gold Saskatchewan gold medallists at the championships included Sierra Mullin (53-kg) and Myah Phillips (83-kg) in the women’s division, while Drake Buechler (61-kg) and Cole Sanderson (72-kg) won for the men.
Silver medals were captured by Caitlin Clatney (W 59-kg), Angela Aalbers (W 62-kg), Judah Authers (M 82-kg), Mohsen Keramati (M 90-kg) and Owen McGillivray (M 125-kg), while bronze was earned by Myah Clatney (W 65-kg), Ally McPhee (W 72-kg), Jenna Patrician (W 76-kg), Abdulla Tausif (M 53-kg), Cale Mohan (M 68-kg), Dilon Hammer (M 76-kg) and Layne Motley (M 100-kg).
Overall, the men’s team finished second with 40 points and the women finished third with 41 points.
Up next, those who earned berths will travel to the U SPORTS Championships held March 2 at the University of Guelph.
It was a busy week for the Huskies men’s team as they were on the road Feb. 5 and 6 at Trinity Western University for a pair of make-up games. Saskatchewan left B.C. with mixed results, picking up a 4-1 win and a 2-1 loss.
The team was then back in action at home on Friday, where they won 8-2 over the visiting Manitoba Bisons.
Vince Loschiavo and Cade Hayes led the way for Saskatchewan in that game, picking up two goals each, while Chantz Petruic, Dawson Holt, Mark Rumsey and Raphael Pelletier added singles.
In net for the Dogs, Roddy Ross made 23 saves on 25 shots.
On Saturday, in their final regular season game, Saskatchewan won once again, this time 5-2.
Petruic had two goals in that game with Pelletier, Carter Stebbings and Cohner Saleski each scoring one.
Jordan Kooy picked up the win for Saskatchewan with 14 saves on 16 shots.
With a 19-9-0 record, the U of S will finish fourth in Canada West and will host the Alberta Golden Bears in a best-of-three quarterfinal starting Feb. 16.
The women’s team also wrapped up their regular season with back-to-back wins over the host Bisons.
On Friday, fifth-year goaltender Camryn Drever made 26 saves on 27 shots to win her 15th game of the season and set a new Huskies record for most wins in a season as Saskatchewan claimed the 3-1 victory.
Offensively, Sophie Lalor picked up two goals in the game for Saskatchewan, while Sara Kendall earned a single.
In their Saturday night game, five different Huskies scored, including Kate Ball, Kahlen Wisener, Kennedy Brown, Kara Kondrat and Mallory Dyer, as the team won 5-3.
Colby Wilson was in net for that game and made 26 saves on 29 shots.
The wins help Saskatchewan finish fourth in the Canada West with a 19-8-0-1 record and they’ll advance to the playoffs to host the Calgary Dinos in a best-of-three quarterfinal series starting Feb. 16.
No matter how they finish in the Canada West playoffs, Saskatchewan will host and play in the U SPORTS women’s championship March 14-17 at Merlis Belsher Place.
The Huskies first game is already scheduled for March 14 at 7 p.m. against a to-be-determined opponent. Prior to the game will be a FanFest starting at 5 p.m. with multiple activities for youth.
Single-game tickets for the U SPORTS Championship go on sale Feb. 12.
Hosting the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds on the weekend, the Huskies men’s team split their games, winning 3-2 (26-24, 25-21, 22-25, 25-27 and 15-6) on Friday, but losing 1-3 (18-25, 23-25, 25-23 and 25-27) on Saturday.
The women’s team also hosted the No. 1 Thunderbirds but came out the other side with a pair of 0-3 losses, losing 17-25, 19-25 and 13-25 on Friday as well as 17-25, 16-25 and 12-25 on Saturday.
Both teams will head to Manitoba next week to meet the Bisons for their final regular season games, after which, the Top 8 teams on either side will advance to playoffs.
The men’s team is currently fifth with a 15-7 record, while the women’s team sits eighth with an 8-14 record.
Both Saskatchewan teams ended their regular seasons on the road, taking on the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves.
It was a dominant performance both evenings for the women’s team as they won 98-42 on Friday and followed it up with a 95-32 victory on Saturday.
In the first game, Saskatchewan’s Téa DeMong had a game-high 27 points, while in the second game, teammate Andrea Dodig picked up a double-double, leading both teams with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Finishing first in the Canada West standings with a 19-1 record, the Huskies will earn a bye to the Canada West quarterfinals, where they will face the winner of the play-ins, either the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat or the Trinity Western University Spartans. The year-end, single-elimination tournament will be played February 22-25 at the University of Fraser Valley.
Meanwhile, after losing their Friday night game 86-75, the Huskies men’s team came back on Saturday to win 91-86.
Alexander Dewar had a team high 22 points in the first game with Easton Thimm earning a game-high 21 points and adding 16 rebounds for the Dogs in the second game.
The Huskies finish the season with an 11-8 record, good enough for ninth place and a spot in the year-end tournament at the University of Manitoba. They’ll take on the No. 8 Brandon University Bobcats in the play-in round, with the winner advancing to quarterfinals and the loser wrapping up their season.
TRACK & FIELD
In their final meet of the 2023-24 campaign, the Pandas Open, the Huskies women’s team captured first with 189.5 points and the men finished second with 127 points.
Three Huskies finished atop the podium, including Grace Igbiki in the women’s 300-metre race, Myles Quick in the men’s shot put and Josh Tam in the men’s heptathlon.
Saskatchewan will now prepare for the Canada West Championships February 23-24 at the University of Alberta.