The Godinez Gonzalez sisters led the way as the University of the Fraser Valley wrestling program had a strong start to the Canada West championships in Edmonton on Friday.
Sophomore Karla (55 kg) and rookie Ana (63 kg) both went a perfect 3-0 to open the tournament, surrendering just a single point between them. They’re both within one victory of sealing individual gold medals.
The championship is set up as a dual meet, with universities going head-to-head in each weight class in a round-robin format. The UFV women’s team had three fixtures on Friday, while the men had just one.
Karla Godinez Gonzalez blitzed the competition, defeating Tawes Messaoudini of the Calgary Dinos and Laryssa Barry of the Saskatchewan Huskies by technical superiority, and earning a 7-0 decision over Ferris Sandboe of the Alberta Pandas.
Ana Godinez Gonzalez, likewise, had two wins via technical superiority over Sask’s Berit Johnson and Calgary’s Tara Godfrey, to go with one win via decision – 6-1 over Alberta’s Haley Heffel.
In other action on the women’s side, Brittany Chiu (59 kg) posted a 1-2 record with her win coming over Calgary’s Ciara Corbett, and Glaysia Sparling is 0-3 in the 82 kg division.
The Cascades women wrap up their run at the Canada West championships on Saturday against the Regina Cougars, with their dual scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. MT (Mat 2, CanadaWest.tv).
On the men’s side, the Cascades’ lone fixture on Friday was against Regina, and the UFV grapplers combined to win five of their seven matches.
Heavyweight Brad Hildenbrandt, the reigning Canada West and U SPORTS champ, had a close call against the Cougars’ Jordan Tholl. Hildenbrandt and Tholl are ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in the nation individually, and Tholl took a 4-2 lead in the second round. But Hildenbrandt came through with a pair of two-point takedowns to prevail 6-4.
UFV’s younger wrestlers had a great start. Rookies Karan Dhillon (72 kg), De’Andre Williams (76 kg), Jacob Torres (61 kg) and Parker McBride (54 kg) all sewed up their victories early – Dhillon via pin, and the others via tech. Haseeb Javed (68 kg) and Kamil Golowko (100 kg) both sustained losses in their opening matches.
The Cascades men’s wrestlers are busy on Saturday, facing the Saskatchewan Huskies (9:30 a.m., Mat 1), Alberta Golden Bears (12 p.m., Mat 1) and Calgary Dinos (2:30 p.m., Mat 2). All the times listed are Mountain time, and all matches will be streamed at CanadaWest.tv.