Calgary, AB - The Simon Fraser University Clan wrestling program reaffirmed its status as one of the elite programs in Canada at the 2008 CIS National Championships in Calgary. The women’s side took top honours, while the Clan’s Miranda Dick (Kamloops, B.C.) was named the Outstanding Female Wrestler of the Year. The men brought home a silver medal, narrowly falling to the Brock Badgers, while SFU’s Dustyn Fisher was named CIS Outstanding Male Wrestler of the Year.
The women’s side scored 57 points in the tournament to knock off host Calgary’s 55 points. Ashley McKilligan (North Vancouver, BC) (48 kg), Dick (Kamloops, BC) (55 kg) and Stacie Anaka ( Victoria, BC) (67 kg) led the way for the Clan with gold-medal wins, while Rita Pare (Hazelton, BC) (51 kg) and Danette Torgeson (North Vancouver, BC) (63 kg) secured silver medals. The Clan also got points from Erin Church’s (Kamloops, BC) (72 kg) bronze medal and Raissa Dickinson’s (Port Coquitlam, BC) (59 kg) fourth place finish to secure the victory.
Dick, a fifth-year kinesiology student from Kamloops, B.C. was the choice for CIS Outstanding Female Wrestler of the Year after a title win over Brock's Jessica Bondy allowed her to improve from her bronze medal from 2007. Dick was selected as the Canada West outstanding wrestler earlier this year. Clan head coach Mike Jones was named top women's coach for the fifth time.
The Simon Fraser men’s side came up short of ending Brock University’s run at ten straight CIS Championships on Saturday afternoon, losing by just four points in the tournament. The Clan were led by Dustyn Fisher’s (Pincher Creek, AB) (90 kg) epic gold medal win and Hardeep Aujla’s (Abbotsford, BC) (72 kg) silver medal finish. Bo Gregson (Abbotsford, BC) (65 kg), Pat McDonald (North Vancouver, BC) (82 kg) and Jag Bhullar (Richmond, BC) (130 kg) all received bronze medals in the Championships. The Clan obtained fourth place finishes from Alex Turra (New Westminster, BC) (57 kg) and David Krawczyk (Scarborough, ON) (76 kg), while Rafiq Charania (Burnaby, BC) (54 kg) placed fifth in the Championships to secure the silver.
Fisher, a third-year general studies student, was named CIS Outstanding male wrestler of the year following his victory over defending champion Brown-Theriault in the 90 kg title bout.