Brock Sports: Weekend in Review

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This weekend, Brock hosted the Brock Open for wrestling, where the Badgers had a strong showing. Head coach Marty Calder said, “there were a lot of strong performances this weekend. Emily Schaefer defeated the top ranked wrestler in her weight at U Sport in the country (Alexandria Town of York) 10-0. She then went on to win gold in her division. Our girls team dominated, the varsity girls won first in six of the eight weight divisions. On the guys side both Sam Jagas and Tyler Rowe were impressive winning gold in their respective weight divisions. Rookie Juwan Burgess showed promise winning the gold at 82 kg as well.”

Though both the men’s and women’s teams have fared well at all their events this season, Calder also praised their work ethic at practices, and noted that there is still work to be done before the team is ready to compete for the U Sports championship.

“Our team needs to get better, all of us including the coaching staff. That is something we all understand and embrace. We know if we do that each time out that we will be a very hard team to defeat come February. I’m impressed by the team’s commitment to that process, for staying humble and coming to the gym every day hungry to get better.”

Both wrestling teams will continue their season next weekend in Guelph, followed by tournaments at Western and Windsor.

“After that, we are in final preparations for the OUA championships being held here at Brock on February 11. We need to prepare them mentally for some tough battles coming our way. We know full well what it takes to win a national championship. For some of our young athletes the significance of winning at Brock might come as a surprise, they will have to deal with our expectations professionally and still be able to perform.”

The Brock men’s hockey team earned a weekend split on the road against the two Toronto teams, topping the Ryerson Rams 2-1 on Friday and falling to the Varsity Blues 3-2 in overtime on Sunday. The Badgers (24 points) are currently sitting in fifth place in the OUA West division standings, behind Guelph (31 points), Laurier (28 points), Ryerson (28 points), and York (25 points). Brock returns home on Friday night to host top-seeded Guelph at the Seymour-Hannah Centre, and will travel to play York on Saturday.

Brock women’s hockey was shutout by top-seeded Queen’s on Friday in Kingston, falling 3-0 to the Gaels. Queen’s outshot Brock 34-24 on the game, finding the back of the net in all three periods. On Saturday, the Badgers rebounded and topped the UOIT Ridgebacks 3-1, though they were outshot again, 42-22 on the day. The Badgers (32 points) have fallen one spot in the standings after the weekend, and now sit behind Queen’s (36 points), Guelph (34 points), and Western (33 points). Brock will return home this weekend to host Waterloo on Saturday and Ryerson on Sunday.

The Brock Badgers cheerleading team captured bronze in the All Girl Premier Division at the ICU World University Cheerleading Cup Championship this past weekend in Orlando, Florida. Be sure to pick up a copy of The Brock Press next week to read our full story on the team’s success this season.

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