While most students were still enjoying their last few days of reading week, many Brock teams were in action this past weekend. With the year beginning to wind down, teams are beginning to wrap up their seasons.
The men’s and women’s wrestling teams have been dominant all season long, finishing in first place in nearly every event. But this type of success is nothing new to Brock wrestling. The Badgers have now won the men’s and women’s championships five years in a row, further solidifying the so-called wrestling dynasty here at Brock. Despite what some may call it, the Badgers do not look too much into the hype.
“We’re a highly motivated group of individuals who set high goals each year and do what we can to achieve them. The word dynasty has never been mentioned,” said coach Marty Calder.
The Badgers finished the weekend with a combined 18 medals, including 10 gold. The men’s team earned five gold, three silver and two bronze while the women earned five gold, two silver and a bronze.
On the men’s team, Sam Jagas, Ligrit Sadiku, Tyler Rowe, Cruiz Manning and Clayton Pye earned gold, helping the team finish with 90 points. To put into perspective just how dominant the Badgers were on the weekend, the Concordia Stingers finished in second place with 62 points. It was much of the same for the women’s team. They finished the weekend with 72 points, well ahead of the second place Alberta Pandas who finished with 36. Bringing home gold on the women’s team was Kristina McLaren, Emily Schaefer, Hannah Taylor, Jessica Brouillette and Skylar Grote.
Also bringing home medals for the Badgers were Mizam Tamaradze, Ignatius Pitt and Darrion Sterling with bronze. Samantha Romano, Indira Moores, Matt Jagas, Ty Bridgewater and Richard DesChatelets earned silver.
While wrestling wrapped up their season on a positive note, the same could not be said for the women’s volleyball team. With two games over the weekend against last place Lakehead, the Badgers were in a position to fight their way into the fourth and final playoff spot in the west division. However, after the trip to Thunder Bay, the Badgers fell flat in their search of a playoff appearance. Brock needed to win out their remaining games in order to earn that final spot, but unfortunately ended up on the wrong end of the result both times on the weekend.
It began on Friday night, with the Badgers entering their final weekend with a 6-11 record. The Thunderwolves were already eliminated from playoff contention, but were looking to play the spoiler and ruin any hopes the Badgers had of a playoff berth of their own. Each set was close, with the biggest point difference being just four points,, the Thunderwolves swept Brock 3-0, winning by scores of 25-21, 25-22 and 25-22.
The two met again on Saturday night, but unfortunately for the Badgers, it ended with the same result. The Badgers were able to take a set this time, but it was not enough as Lakehead went on to win the second game 3-1. It was a disappointing end to the season for Brock, who showed flashes of strong play at many times throughout the season. Early wins over Guelph and Western had many believing that this was the year that the Badgers would find themselves in the playoffs. However, a couple of long losing streaks of five games midseason and four games to end the year prevented the Badgers from reaching their goal.
Finally, the track and field team travelled to Windsor to participate in the OUA Championships. The weekend was highlighted by a number of Badgers who set their own personal bests. For the women, Anna Wojtis set the Brock record in 60m hurdles with a time of 9.06 seconds, beating the record that was previously set by her. Wojtis followed that up with a time of 8.03 seconds in the 60m, while Viktoria VanZanten set her own personal best with a time of 8.12 seconds. Alyssa Point set her personal best in the 600m with a time of 1:45.90, while Emily Brooks set a season best 1.52m in women’s high jump.
For the men’s team, Emmanuel Harawa set a personal best in the 300m with a time of 35.52 seconds, coming just behind the Brock school record. In the 1000m, Jeremy Mol came in 15th place with his personal best time of 2:34.85, also finishing just shy of setting another Brock school record. Harawa also competed in the 4 x 200m relay, along with Jovan Griffiths, Paul Bisnauth and Kwaku Bonsu, helping the team finish in 7th place with a time of 1:31.87. Bonsu also competed in long jump, finishing in 8th place with a distance of 6.57 metres. With their performances over the weekend, the men were able to place 9th as a team.