Sports

Badgers pin down gold medals in men's, women's wrestling

By Bernd Franke, Postmedia News

Brock's Tia McLaren, red singlet, pins down an opponent in the women's 55-kilogram weight class at the Ryerson Open in Toronto. McLaren went on to win the gold medal.

Brock's Tia McLaren, red singlet, pins down an opponent in the women's 55-kilogram weight class at the Ryerson Open in Toronto. McLaren went on to win the gold medal.

Brock wrestlers lived up to their No. 1 ranking pinning down gold in the men’s and women’s divisions at the Ryerson Open.

Brock teams combined for the overall top point total with 93, ahead of Western’s 56 and Guelph WC’s 43 points.

The women were first place with 59 points and the men were first with 34 points.

Tina McLaren, 55 kg, Hannah Taylor, 59 kg, Skylar Grote, 67 kg, and Shauna Kuebeck, 72 kg, won gold medals for the Brock women’s team.

Samantha Romano, 51 kg, Indira Moores, 67 kg, and Darrion Sterling, 82 kg, captured silver while Nicole French, 72 kg, collected bronze. Daina Armstrong placed fifth.

For the Brock men, Sam Jagas, 57 kg, Cruiz Manning, 72kg, Ignatius Pitt, 90 kg, and Calvin Daum, 100 kg, each won a gold medal.

Ty Bridgewater, 76 kg, and Juwan Burgess, 82 kg, captured silver, Mark Sciz, 54 kg, Rock Provost, 68 kg, and Noel James, 120 kg, each won bronze.

Rounding out the Badgers were Joey Martin, 61 kg, and Matt Pugliese, 65 kg, who both finished fourth.

Brock men 2-0 in hoops

Brock will be back home in men’s basketball for the first time in three weeks after four games on the road, all of them wins.

On tap this weekend at Bob Davis Gymnasium are an 8 p.m. tipoff Friday against the Nipissing Lakers and a home game versus the Laurentian Voyaguers at the same time the following night.

The Badgers improved to 6-0, tops in the Ontario University Athletics West Division, with an 80-57 victory over the Varsity Blues in Toronto.

Pacing the second-ranked Badgers in points were Cassidy Ryan with 16, Johneil Simpson, 14, Daniel Cayer, 13, Dani Elgadi, 12, and Tyler Brown, 11.

Elgadi had a team-high 13 rebounds.

Simpson surpassed Allen MacDougall to move into 10th all time in Brock scoring with 1,853 points.

Four losses in a row

Brock dropped a 71-46 decision to Toronto in women’s basketball to extend its road losing streak to four games after opening the season 2-0.

The Badgers shot only 24.6 per cent from the floor, hitting 16-of-65, and 13.3 per cent in three-point attempts, 2-of-15.

In comparison, the Varsity Blues finished the game 43.1 per cent from the floor, 25-of-58, and 36.8 per cent from beyond the arc, 7-of-19.

Stephanie Findlay topped Brock in scoring with 11 points, and Kristin Gallant led the team in rebounding with 11.

The Badgers’ first opportunity to get back into the win column is Friday at 6 p.m. when they host Nipissing, 1-2. Brock is home to Laurentian, 1-2, Saturday, also starting at 6 p.m.

Shut out in shootout

There was no rush to leave the ice when Brock visited Laurier in men’s hockey.

Three periods, one overtime and a seven-round shootout were needed before the host Golden Hawks could claim a 5-4 victory and drop the Badgers to 3-4-3 in the standings.

Braden Pears and Matt McLeod scored power-play goals to get Brock back into the game after trailing 3-0.

Mack Lemmon and Ayden MacDonald, who forced overtime 8:12 into the third period, added even-strength markers to round out the scoring for the Badgers.

Laurier outscored Brock 1-0 in the shootout.

Sammy Banga, with two goals, Josh Timpano, on the power play, and Adam Lloyd found the back of the net in a 4-3 victory over Ryerson at home.

Brock hosts Laurier, 7-3, Friday and Guelph Saturday at Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre. Both games start at 7:15 p.m.

Back in win column

Brock tripled visiting Laurentian 3-1 in women’s hockey despite being outshot 36-22.

Maggie Spratt-Mallick, on the power play, Amanda Ieradi and Hunter Accursi, empty net, scored for the Badgers.

Jensen Murphy made 35 saves to earn the win as Brock rebounded from a 4-0 loss the day before to visiting Nipissing.

The Badgers, 4-1-2-1, host Guelph Saturday at 2:15 p.m. and Windsor Sunday, also at 2:15 p.m.

0-2 weekend

Brock dropped back-to-back 3-1 decisions to Western and Windsor on the weekend to remain winless in men’s volleyball.

Alex Carter and Logan House recorded 12 kills each, setter Marcelo Correa had 34 assists and libero Felipe Costa a game-high 15 digs for Brock in Sunday’s loss to the Windsor Lancers – 25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21.

Standouts for the Badgers in the four-set setback to the Western Mustangs – 25-17, 19-25, 26-11, 25-13 – were House, 11 kills, seven digs; Timmy Spiser, 10 kills, seven digs; Correa, 30 assists, and Costa, 10 digs.

Brock, 0-4, hosts McMaster, 4-1, Sunday for a 4 p.m. start at Bob Davis Gymnasium.

Badgers drop to .500

Laura Condotta and Renee Helmer recorded 13 kills each, Hannah Davenhill had 23 assists and Julia Balatbat 15 digs but it wasn’t enough as Brock lost to Windsor in women’s volleyball.

The road loss to the Lancers – 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19 – dropped the Badgers to 2-2 in league play.

Condotta recorded 14 kills and came up with 23 digs the before in London, Ont., is a full-set loss to the Western Mustangs – 28-26, 17-25, 25-22, 14-25, 15-11.

Brock setter Emily Armstrong had 36 assists and nine digs, while Balatbat collected 13 digs.

Next up for the Badgers is a 2 p.m. game Sunday at home versus McMaster, 4-1.

bfranke@postmedia.com 

 

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

 

Men’s basketball player Cassidy Ryan and women’s wrestler Hannah Taylor are Brock University’s top athletes for the week ending Sunday.

Ryan, a fourth-year physical education major from Mississauga, averaged 24 points, five rebounds and two steals in victories over Ryerson, 80-75 in overtime; and Toronto, 80-57.

He recorded a career-best 32 points versus the Rams, including six straight in overtime to lead the Badgers to victory.

Taylor, a second-year sport management major from Cornwall, P.E.I., went 5-0 in the 59-kilogram class helping No. 1 ranked Brock women’s team to the gold medal at the Ryerson Open in Toronto.

She settled for the silver medal in the 57 kg class at the Commonwealth Games trials in Vancouver.