Sunday saw the McMaster wrestling team hosting their annual wrestling invitational tournament.

While it was a smaller field of competitors due to a venue change because of a women’s exhibition basketball game, there were still over 200 competitors in the various weight categories for the men and women.

Of the Marauders contingent, that totaled 24, 13 of them would finish in the top five of their division while seven would find themselves on the podium.

For the women, Simi Jayeoba finished in fifth place in the 63kg division. After receiving a bye in the first round she would lose an 8-4 decision to Savanna Pinsent to send her to the consolation brackets. From there she would go on to pins Samantha Small from Guelph and pick up a technical fall against Mansi Asthana. Then Brock’s Mia Friesen would pin her to send her to the fifth-place match where she picked up a win due to injury.

Also, on the women’s side was Ligaya Stinellis who had the best finish for the women’s team, ending up with a bronze in the 48kg division. Stinellis would pin Jessica Hong, of Lakehead University, before being pinned by Western’s Madi Parks in the semi finals. She would go on to get a technical fall over Kaleigh Prieur of Concordia before pinning Hong once again for the final step on the podium.

On the men’s side, it was a pretty good day as far as the results went.

Of the 12 male weight categories on the day, the Marauders saw at least one wrestler finish in the top five in nine of them, which included two grapplers in each of the 65kg and 82kg weigh classes picking up top five finishes.

Five of the Marauder men that found themselves in the top five at the end of the day included fourth place finishes by Francesco Fortino (57kg), Kais Alkhaldi (61kg), Gurpreet Ghuman (65kg) and Will Mott (68kg) while Todd Wong finished fifth in the 65kg division.

Bradley MaGarrey, a fourth-year Marauder, earned a silver medal in the 90kg division. He started off his day defeating Lakehead’s John Campbell Western’s Thomas Reely and Concordia’s Julien Choquette to advance to the division finals. There he faced Alex Brown from Carleton who would pin MaGarrey for the gold.

William Layman would also earn a silver medal on Sunday; however, he did not have to go through a huge tournament, just a four-man round robin to earn his medal. Layman would go 2-1 in the round robin, defeating Theo Dracopoulos by pin fall and Jonathan Vecchio by 9-1 decision. His only loss was to the gold medalist, Luciano Iacobelli who picked up the win via a 5-1 decision.

If your name was Kato and you wore the Marauders’ maroon, then you had a really good day. Brothers Trystan and Jalen Kato found themselves picking up medals at the McMaster Invitational in their respective weight classes. Trystan would earn a silver in the 72kg division while Jalen took home the gold in the 100kg division.

Trystan pinned Ethan Smith, of the Guelph Gryphons, in the opening round of the tournament then went on to defeat Algoma’s Bryce Davis by a 14-7 decision and a technical fall over Adriano DiBenedetto to reach the finals. There he would drop the match on a technical fall but put up a good showing on the afternoon.

Jalen would win all three of his matches to pick up his medal. First beating Lakehead’s Camden Newton on a technical fall before picking up a 4-4 decision by scoring the final points of the match against Ikjyot Randhawa. In the finals he would pick up a technical fall victory over Guelph’s Myles McVeigh.

While the action all over the mats was highly contested, all eyes were on the 82kg division which featured two of McMaster’s best wrestlers, Ben Zahra and Ameen Aghamirian. Both wrestlers would pick up technical fall victories in their first two round matches before facing each other in the semis.

In that match Zahra would pick up a 11-2 decision over his teammate to advance to the finals. However, the win came at a cost as he tweeked an injury which forced him to bow out before contesting for the gold. Aghamirian would go on to pick up a technical fall in the consolation semis over Arjun Cheema and then a technical fall over Aidan McVeigh for the bronze.

The Marauders will head back to the practice mats this week to prepare for their next set of matches which will take place on Sunday, November 10th at the Ryerson Rams Invitational in Toronto.