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March 10, 2005
  Wrestling lasses lasso secondPDF files may take a moment to load

While wrestlers from other universities were busy setting their own records, the Dinos were on the warpath. At the 2005 Canadian Interuniversity Sport Wrestling Championship Mar. 4-5 at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario, they claimed many victims on their way to an impressive medal haul that would make Team Canada's tally at the Athens Olympics look like crap.

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April 15, 2004
  WrestlingPDF files may take a moment to load

Talent
Huy Nguyen and Laura McDougall both placed atop their divisions at Junior Nationals with McDougall also winning University of Calgary Female Rookie of the Year. Graduating from the team is Breanne Graham, who placed third at the world championships this scholastic year.

Coaching
The players I've spoken to over the year have all given rave reviews of Head Coach Mitch Ostberg. Having spoken to him a few times myself, I'd have to agree with the players.

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April 01, 2004
  Breanne bronzes her bootsPDF files may take a moment to load

All great university athletes have one of two destinies: convocation or flunking out. Although competing at the university level straight into one's late fifties seems like a good idea, one simply can't remain a University of Calgary undergrad forever.

For this reason, the Dinos must wave a teary-eyed goodbye to many of its athletes about this time of year. Breanne Graham--one of the Dinos clever enough to be worthy of convocation--will be parting ways with the university where she has seen unthinkable success.

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March 25, 2004
  Dino wrestlers win junior goldPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary hosted the 2004 Canadian Junior National Wrestling Championships Mar. 19-21 and the home mat definitely proved to be an advantage as two Dinos wrestlers excelled in their specific weight classes.

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October 30, 2003
  Like Wrestlemania, only more seriousPDF files may take a moment to load

Snow has overtaken Calgary. There is not an inch of the city not covered by the white stuff. To say the downfall was a surprise would be stating the obvious considering the fantastic weather we've had for the past month or so.

In much the same way, the University of Calgary wrestling squad was looking to surprise their opponents with a strong showing, despite this being their first team competition of the year and the first ever university-level competition for many rookie members on the crew.

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March 20, 2003
  Bentley loses to nemesisPDF files may take a moment to load

Dinos wrestler Joe Bentley (above) faced an old nemesis last weekend at the 2003 Junior National Freestyle Championships in Fredericton N.B.

Bentley lost the 66kg final to Montreal Wrestling Club's Tim Wadsworth by a score of 6–1-a repeat of last year's final where Wadsworth defeated Bentley as well.

University of Calgary's Justin Reis finished one spot behind Bentley in the weight class, and joined teammate Huy Nguyen (50kg) in the ranks of bronze medalists.

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March 13, 2003
  Poor Huy NguyenPDF files may take a moment to load

The sad-looking young man on your right is Huy Nguyen.

Huy is sad because he just ended a torturous training session run by none other than Head Coach Mitch Ostberg, the U of C's resident wrestling taskmaster.

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February 27, 2003
  Bentley's afro magicPDF files may take a moment to load

Joe Bentley was the enemy.

His curly (bleached?) afro was evil, and his wrestling prowess was reviled. He was wrestling my best friend, Kristian Leach, in a high school city final. Kristian was in grade 12, Bentley was a grade 11 punk. Kristian had "Leach 3:16" signs in the crowd, Bentley's fans wore fake afros. We chanted "Leach!" They chanted "Fro!"

In the spotlight, when it counted, Bentley won.

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February 13, 2003
  Wrestlers set off for gloryPDF files may take a moment to load

One thing's for sure; the U of C's wrestling squads are ready to reclaim their spot at the top of Canada's wrestling perch after they were stung by last year's defeats at nationals.

The men's and the women's squads have put in a tremendous effort to regain top-spot in the country, and heading into next weekend's Canada West Conference Championships, the Dino women are ranked second in the country and the men third.

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December 05, 2002
  Wrestlers dish out the painPDF files may take a moment to load

Every setting needs a class clown. From lecture halls to boardrooms, there is always a need for someone to lighten up the atmosphere; to make people laugh out loud.

In the University of Calgary athletic community, that role is performed by the men's wrestling team. For example, several members of the team have joined the fledgeling cheerleading squad, in order to help the girls perform some strength-based maneuvers.

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