Concordia Stinger Francis Carter won a gold medal and was named the outstanding male wrestler at the U SPORTS national championships hosted by Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. on Saturday.
The third-year athlete from Montreal won three preliminary matches in the 68 kg weight class on Friday. He defeated Bryce Davis, Algoma Thunderbirds, 10-0; Nathen Schmidt, Regina Cougars, 10-0, and Miles Kent, Alberta Golden Bears, 13-2.
In the gold medal match, he defeated Matt Jagas of the Brock Badgers. It was a 3-2 decision. It was a challenging final for Carter who wrestled smart and came on strong at the end.
This was his third appearance at the national championship, but his first medal. The Psychology student finished in fourth place in 2017 and fifth in 2016.
Overall, the Concordia men’s team finished in second place with 62 points in the competition. Brock won the title with 90 points. Alberta finished in third place with 48 points.
Stingers Vince De Marinis (65 kg) and Jordan Steen (100 kg) won gold medals to help Concordia pick up valuable points. De Marinis won his third consecutive gold medal at the nationals. Steen also picks up his third gold, having won in 2013 and 2016.
Several Stinger wrestlers had bronze medal performances including: Guseyn Ruslanzada (72 kg), Samuel Barmish (82 kg), Alex Moore (90 kg) and Frédérick Choquette (120 kg).
Rookies Aaron Orszak (76 kg) and Dylan McLean (61 kg) both had fifth-place finishes.
On the women’s side of the competition, Concordia finished in fourth place with 29 points. Brock won the team championship with 72 points. Alberta came in second with 36 points and the Calgary Dinos were third with 30 points.
There were three medals for the Stingers. Jade Dufour (51 kg), Laurence Beauregard (59 kg) and Amanda Savard (67 kg) all won bronze medals.
Cristina Corecencova finished in fourth place at 63 kilos, while veteran wrestler Geneviève Lamarche (72 kg) had a fifth-place finish and Kaya-Nadège Dubé Snow finished in seventh place in the 55-kilo competition.