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Best on the mats

JESSICA Brenton of the University of Winnipeg Wesmen and Caleb Rutner of the Winnipeg Wrestling Club were selected the outstanding female and male wrestlers at the 2012 Wesmen Open meet held at Tec Voc High School last weekend.

Rutner, a 17-year-old Grade 11 student at St. Paul's High School, placed first in the men's 65-kilogram class. Rutner also won male wrestler of the meet in the junior division.

Brenton, a first-year Wesmen, took first in the women's 59 kg class. Rachel Alder of Springs Christian and Amber Wiebe of Morden were named co-winners of the top female wrestler in junior division.

Alder, a Grade 11 student, won the girls' 51 kg class while Wiebe, a Grade 10 student, won the girls' 46 kg class.

Caroline Tess of the U of W placed fourth in the 63 kg class helping lift the Wesmen women to a third-place overall finish. Lakehead placed first in both the men's and women's divisions. On the men's side Mat Tripple placed second in the 76 kg class and Nathan Sullivan was fourth in the 68 kg class.

Elias, Smith rule ice

SHYAN Elias of the Vincent Massey Trojans and Kendall Smith of the Lorette Scorpions have been named the Winnipeg Women's High School Hockey League players of the week.

In the CTV Division A, Elias scored Vincent Massey's only goal in a tough 2-1 loss to College Jeanne Sauve. Elias then scored a goal and picked up two assists in a 3-3 tie with the Oak Park Raiders.

Smith was selected in the Winnipeg Free Press Division B after she helped lead the Scorpions to a 1 - 0 victory over the St. John's Ravenscourt Eagles, despite Lorette playing with only eight skaters.

Wesmen top guns

VOLLEYBALL player Zach Diboll and wrestler Jessica Brenton have been named the U of W Wesmen Pizza Hotline players of the week.

Brenton had a 3-0 record in last weekend's Wesmen Open meet held at Winnipeg's Tec Voc High School.

Diboll, the Wesmen men's setter and captain, helped the No. 10-ranked Wesmen defeat the No. 5-ranked UBC Thunderbirds in straight sets Friday at the Duckworth Centre. He had 24 assists and nine digs.

The meet is on

THE University of Manitoba Bisons track and field team will host the third annual Bison Classic meet this weekend at the Max Bell Fieldhouse.

The event will run Friday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. with free admission. There will be over 450 athletes from 10 Canadian universities along with club athletes from Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, as well as some national team athletes.

Manitoba Bisons to watch include: Arthur Buchanan in men's high jump (No. 2 in Canada West), Lacey deJong in the women's 3,000m (No. 4 in Canada West), Wilfred Samking in the men's 60m (No. 4 in Canada West) and Lisa Wong in the women's 60m (No. 5 in Canada West).

Athletes will be looking to qualify for the 2012 Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships, to be hosted by Manitoba, March 8-10.

Bisons swim to fifth

THE Bisons women's swimming team placed fifth overall and men's team placed seventh at the eight-team Canada West championships last weekend at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 31, 2012 D4

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