Sunday, 3 November 2013

SFU International Open Results

Two UNB wrestlers were away in Vancouver, British Columbia this weekend at the Simon Fraser University International Open. Shawn Daye-Finley won the SILVER medal in the men's 74kg weight class and Sam Stewart won GOLD in the women's 55kg class.

On the way to the finals, Daye-Finley defeated Brock Lamb of SFU, Stephen Clark of the University of Regina, and Sam Sepehpour. In the final Daye-Finley went the distance with Bears Wrestling Club's Roger Alves, conceding 2-0 to finish with the silver medal.

Stewart started off the day defeating Bianca Arizpe of Menlo College and Krystine Paquette of the Bears Wrestling Club by 7-0 technical superiority. In the final she defeated Titan Wrestling Club's Tamara Tillman with a 5-point salto for the gold medal.

Stewart and Daye-Finley are among a number of UNB wrestlers heading down to New York City this coming weekend to compete in the NYAC Holiday International Invitational.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Concordia Invitational Results

The men's and women's wrestling teams were away in Montreal, Quebec this weekend for the annual Concordia Invitational.
On the men's side Promise Mwenga (61kg) and Ilya Abelev (76kg) brought home GOLD medals in their respective weight classes. Rounding off the medal haul, brothers Alex Thoms (90kg) and CJ Thoms (130kg) both won BRONZE medals. Other notable men's results include Mario Tran (54kg) 4th, Grayson St-Laurent (82kg) 5th, and Mackenzie Sapier (65kg) 6th.
On the women's side, Allyssa Cleaves (51kg) was 4th, Brittany Dillman (55kg) was 5th, and Amanda Eng (48kg) was 5th.

Next weekend athletes Sam Stewart and Shawn Daye-Finley will be attending the Hargobind International in Surrey, BC while a number of other athletes will be in Hamilton, ON for the McMaster Invitational.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Francophone Games Results

It has been a week since the return of seven Varsity Reds' wrestlers from Nice, France. And, after finally catching up on all of my school work, I am able to post some in depth results.

Day 1: Three wrestlers from UNB in the men's 84kg, men's 66kg, and women's 55kg.

- Grayson St-Laurent competing in the men's 84kg wrestled fellow Canadian, Alex Brown-Theriault. A tough first round match-up, St-Laurent conceded 0-8 and did not come back in the repichage.
- Morgan St-Laurent also had a tough first round match up in the 66kg men's division falling 0-7 to Pawel Albinowski of Poland. He was also not brought back into the repichage.
- Samantha Stewart won the Silver medal in the women's 55kg weight category. She defeated Isabelle Eleonore Kanga of Ivory Coast in the first round 0-7 and a pin. In the semi-finals Stewart faced off against fellow Canadian, Brianne Barry. Stewart defeated Barry 5-1 to move into the final against France. Stewart ended up conceding 0-8 in the final against Tatiana Debien of France.

Day 2: Two wrestlers from UNB in the women's 59kg and men's 96kg.

- Brittany Dillman faced off against Safiétou Goudiaby of Senegal in the women's 59kg weight category. She fell 0-8 and did not advance.
- Thomas MacRae won the Bronze medal in the men's 96kg category. MacRae won his first match 4-3 against Messie Mata Kamalandua of Congo to move into the semi-finals. There MacRae faced off against fellow Canadian Riley Otto where MacRae was defeated 0-8. Brought back into the repichage, MacRae won the bronze medal 6-2 against Abdou Ngom of Senegal.

Day 3: Two wrestlers from UNB in the men's 120kg and men's 74kg.

- Charles Thoms won the Bronze medal in the men's 120kg category. Thoms defeated Canada-Quebec team member Patrick Okpalugo to move into the semi-final. There he fell 0-9 to Senegal's Thiaka Faye. Brought back into the repichage, Thoms then won the bronze medal bout 9-1 against Zakaria Echiheb of Morocco.
- Shawn Daye-Finley won the Bronze medal in the men's 74kg weight class. Daye-Finley won his first match against Brou Arnaud Kouadio of the Ivory Coast by fall to move into the semi-finals. He conceded 3-10 to Zelimkhan Khadjiev of France but was brought back into the repichage. He won his bronze medal bout 5-2 against Morocco's Mustapha Selloum.

 The next tournament on the schedule is the Concordia Invitational in Montreal on October 27th.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

7eme Jeux de la Francophonie

Seven Varsity Reds' wrestlers will be departing for Nice, France next week for the 7th Francophonie Games. The "Jeux de la Francophonie" occurs every four years and is the largest world games featuring both sport and cultural events.

Team New Brunswick - Canada will be sending five men and two women wrestlers to the games. Second year students and brothers Morgan and Grayson St-Laurent will be competing in the 66kg and 84kg weight classes respectively, while veterans Shawn Daye-Finley, Thomas MacRae, and Charles Thoms will be competing at 74kg, 96kg, and 120kg respectively. On the women's side Samantha Stewart will be competing at 55kg and Brittany Dillman will be competing at 59kg.

The press release on announcing Team Canada - New Brunswick will a full delegation list can be found at:

For updates on how the wrestlers and the rest of Team Canada - New Brunswick are doing like us on facebook:

Équipe Canada-NB Team

And follow the official games hashtag on twitter: