Alex Moore, the outstanding male wrestler at the 2019 U Sports wrestling championships, will lead a team of 10 Concordia Stinger student-athletes competing at the 2023 nationals this Friday and Saturday at University of Alberta in Edmonton.
The third-year competitor from Montreal earned a gold medal in 2019 at 90 kilos and a bronze medal at nationals in 2018 in the same weight class.
The long-time member of the Canadian national team has had an impressive season. He’s placed first at three university tournaments. He also won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England in August.
Veteran competitor Jeremy Poirier, 100 kilos, will make his third appearance at the nationals. He had a fourth-place finish in 2020 and was fifth in 2017.
A newcomer to keep an eye on is Connor Church at 76 kilos. He’s won six competitions in the past year, including a gold medal at Canada Games. He also represented Canada at the Pan-American Junior Championships in Oaxtepec, Mexico last August. He finished third.
Rounding out the men’s side are: Angus Scott, 125 kilos; Sam Garland, 72 kilos and Liam Menard at 68 kilos.
The Concordia men’s team finished in third place at the last university championship in 2020. The Stingers finished in second place in 2018 and 2019.
On the women’s side, Amanda Savard, 67 kilos, will lead the charge. This will be her fourth appearance at the university nationals. She won a gold medal in 2019 and picked up bronze medals in 2018 and 2020.
Laurence Beauregard, 63 kilos, is another veteran to watch closely. She will arrive in Edmonton for her fourth nationals with two bronzes (2018 and 2020) to her credit.
Also representing Concordia this year are: Virginie Kaze Gascon, 56 kilos and Alexia Sherland at 72 kilos.
The Concordia women’s team finished sixth at nationals in 2020 and had a third-place finish in 2019.
The wrestling team was coached by Victor Zilberman from 1977 through the summer of 2019. He guided his athletes to 72 gold medals and eight team titles at the nationals. Zilberman was named Coach of the Year on five occasions - in 2012, 2011, 2006, 1986 and in 1984.
David Zilberman took over the head coaching duties in the fall of 2019. Under his tutelage, Concordia won seven medals at the 2020 championship – three golds and four bronzes.
Since 1980, Concordia has won 160 medals. In addition, 12 Concordia athletes have been named the outstanding wrestler at the tournament.