Algoma wrestlers bring home gold, bronze medalsMonday, December 02, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
SAULT STE. MARIE - The Algoma Wrestlers had a successful weekend away at the inaugural York Open, with Natasha Doroodian (pictured) and Ammar Din Dhaban bringing home gold and bronze medals respectively.
In other OUA and CIS action, the men's and women's basketball teams were defeated by the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury on Friday.
"We are very pleased with the wrestlers' individual performances. Many of the positions and techniques that we have been working on at practice have really started to pay dividends," said Head Coach Trevor Manchester.
"We feel confident that the team will be ready to peak in the second half of the season. Natasha showed great defense and body awareness on the mat; Anmar was tenacious in his double leg attack. His single-minded attack was overwhelming for some opponents."
Natasha Doroodian, who silvered at the Marauder Wrestling Invitational earlier in November, defeating last year's CIS bronze medalist, went 3-0 on Saturday to claim first in the women's 63 kilogram class.
Doroodian defeated Urshian Khalid (York Lions) and Sarah Stringer (Guelph Gryphons) to secure the top spot on the podium.
Doroodian is a first-year Law and Justice student from Sault Ste. Marie.
Despite taking top honours at the Tait McKenzie Centre, Doroodian knows there is room for improvement on the mats.
"I don't think I wrestled to my full potential today, but it was a great learning experience for me. I noticed a few positions that weren't the greatest for me, so now I can head back to the mats and work on them before I compete again," said Doroodian.
Ammar Din Dhaban, a third year student in Law and Justice from Saudia Arabia, placed third overall in the men's 57 kilogram weight class.
Jake Rennings of Concordia University took home first, followed by Elver Uzonovic of the University of Guelph. Din Dhaban went 2-1.
"I felt pretty good today. I have only been wrestling for a short time, so to compete and win a bronze medal is a success for me. My coaches have pointed out some things to work on that I can do to improve before we compete again," said Din Dhaban.
Also of notable finish was Algoma Wrestler Ryan Vilaca, who finished fifth in the men's 57 kilogram (1-2) and Lauren Towell, who finished sixth in the women's 48 kilogram (1-3).
In the team standings, the York Lions finished first, with the Brock Badgers finishing in second followed by the McMaster Marauders in third.
The Thunderbirds basketball teams were also on the road this past weekend, with both teams losing to the Laurentian Voyageurs.
Shooting only 23.3 percent from the field, the men were unable to stop Laurentian's Alex Ratte, one of the top players in the CIS, who scored 19 points.
Jimmy Bilenga (15 points) and Samy Mohamed (9 points) were the leading scorers in the Thunderbirds' losing effort.
The Voyageurs ran past the Thunderbirds 76-41, with the Thunderbirds falling to 3-6 in the East.
In women's action, the Thunderbirds managed to keep the Voyageurs close, trailing by only five at the close of the first half.
The gap widened in the second half, as The Thunderbirds dropped their ninth consecutive game of the season, 55-43.
Karissa Kajorinne led Algoma with 10 points, while Jenni Thompson chipped in 8.
For more information on the Thunderbirds' program, please visit www.algomathunderbirds.ca.