Gryphs, Guelph Wrestling Club capture medals at Guelph Open

GUELPH – Guelph Gryphons claimed a medal of each hue Sunday at the Guelph Open wrestling tournament at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

The Gryphs also had four fourth-place finishes, two fifths and two sixths.

Guelph Wrestling Club members claimed a bronze-medal finish, two fourths, a fifth and two sixths at the meet.

Gracelynn Doogan of the Gryphs was victorious in the female 76-kilogram class as she had three wins and a loss in the round-robin class. The loss came after she was already assured of gold.

Doogan won by tech fall over Taylor Follensbee of Saskatoon 12-2, by injury default over Shauna Kuebeck of Brock University and by a fall over Lynelle Vassell of York Wrestling Club. The loss was by an 8-3 decision to Dejah Slater of Team Impact.

Zander Chaves of the Gryphs won silver in the male 74 kg. class. He reached the first-place bout where he lost by a tech fall to Jevon Balfour of Brock University. GWC clubmates Garret Sales and Cole Michaelis were in the same category and they finished fifth and sixth respectively. Sales won the fifth-place match by injury default over Michaelis.

Chelsey Sicard of the Gryphs won bronze in the female 57 kg. class. Amy Bellavia of Dinos Wrestling Club grabbed top spot in the round-robin class.

Elvir Uzunovic of GWC was the bronze medalist in male 65 kg. He defeated Connor McNeice of Dinos WC 5-3 in the bout to decide third. Vincent De Marinis of Montreal YMHA won the gold-medal match by a 7-0 decision over independent wrestler Josh Bodnarchuk.

Natassya Lu of the Gryphs was fourth in the female 50 kg. class that was won by Jessica MacDonald of Brock University.

Avery Cameron of the Gryphs placed fourth in the female 62 kg. class. Gold medalist was Linda Morais of Montreal YMHA.

Josh Rimando of the Gryphs finished fourth in the male 57 kg. class. Steven Takahashi of London-Western won gold.

Gunnar Sales of Guelph WC placed fourth in the male 70 kg. class that was won by Dillon Williams of Team Impact.

Jake Michaelis of GWC was fourth in the male 79 kg. category. Mohammed McBryde of Brock University claimed gold in the class while Sean Shoemaker of GWC was sixth.

Jaivir Boal of the Gryphs was fourth in the male 125 kg. category. Class champion was Brad Hildebrandt of BMWC while Job Reinhart of the Gryphs was fifth and Gabe Laplante of the Gryphs sixth.

Esmee Hotson of the Gryphs was fifth in the female 59 kg. class that was won by Hannah Taylor of Brock.

Racheal Cowey of the Gryphs finished sixth in the female 53 kg. class. Jade Parsons of Brock was the class champ.

Winners in categories that didn’t have any local representation were Indira Moores of Brock (female 65), Olivia DiBacco of Brock (female 68), Darrion Sterling of Brock (female 72), Scott Schiller of Montreal YMHA (male 61), Alexander Moore of Concordia (male 86) and Keven Beazley of NYAC (male 97).

The meet was the sixth of the season for the Gryphs. Some of their wrestlers are to compete in the Ontario junior championships at London Saturday while others will be in the Western Open Sunday.

The Gryphs are to host the OUA championships Feb. 2.


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