Marcus Peterson named Canada West First Star of the Week

    Peterson named first star after winning Canada West Male Wrestler of the Year at the conference championships

    By Canada West Communications on February 14, 2017

    Highlights:

    - Wrestlers Katie Dutchak of the University of Saskatchewan and Marcus Peterson of the University of Alberta are the Canada West First Stars of the Week after being named the conference’s Most Outstanding Wrestlers at this past weekend’s CW Wrestling Championships in Saskatoon
    - Alberta’s Meg Casault is the conference’s Female Third Star of the Week after breaking the all-time Canada West women’s volleyball career kills mark (1,255) this past Saturday
    - Also earning star honours this week were: Winnipeg’s Faith Hezekiah (female second star), Calgary’s Elgin Pearce (male second star), Alberta’s Meg Casault (female third star), and Fraser Valley’s Brad Hildenbrandt (male third star).


    EDMONTON – Wrestlers Katie Dutchak and Marcus Peterson are the Canada West First Stars of the week, after outstanding weekend performances at the CW Wrestling Championships this past weekend in Saskatoon.

    Dutchak wrestled her way to conference gold in the women’s 48 kg division, helping lead the host Huskies to the first women’s Canada West wrestling banner in school history. The Saskatoon product was named Canada West Most Outstanding Female Wrestler for her gold medal performance.

    Peterson also posted an impressive weekend in Saskatoon, as the third-year wrestler claimed gold in the men’s 72 kg weight class, and was named the Male Most Outstanding Wrestler. 

    Going 6-0 over the two-day championship, Peterson aided Alberta in capturing the program’s fourth Canada West title in the last five seasons.

    Also earning star honours this week were: Winnipeg’s Faith Hezekiah (female second star), Calgary’s Elgin Pearce (male second star), Alberta’s Meg Casault (female third star), and Fraser Valley’s Brad Hildenbrandt (male third star).

    Male first star – Marcus Peterson
    Alberta Golden Bears wrestling
    72 kg
    3rd-year
    Brooks, Alta
    Native Studies


    Meet log: Friday, February 10 – Saturday, February 11 – 6-0, gold in 72 kg weight class, named Most Outstanding Male Wrestler at CW Wrestling Championships in Saskatoon.

    Third-year University of Alberta Golden Bears wrestler Marcus Peterson is the Canada West Male First Star of the Week after helping the No. 2-ranked Bears capture their fourth conference title in five seasons this past weekend in Saskatoon.

    Peterson captured the gold medal in the 72 kg weight class on Saturday, finishing with a perfect 6-0 record, and was one of seven Bears to finish on the podium this past weekend. Peterson’s efforts also earned him the Canada West Outstanding Male Wrestler award. He is one of 12 Golden Bears who qualified for the national championship with their performances this week. 

    The conference championship is the Bears fourth in five seasons after winning three-straight Canada West banners from 2013-2015.

    The second-ranked Golden Bears will finish their varsity season in two weeks, as they head to the U SPORTS Wrestling National Championships, Feb. 24-26 at the University of Winnipeg.

    Female first star – Katie Dutchak
    Saskatchewan Huskies wrestling
    48 kg
    4th-year
    Saskatoon, Sask.
    Business

    Female second star – Faith Hezekiah
    Winnipeg Wesmen basketball
    Forward
    2nd-year
    Winnipeg, Man.
    Conflict Resolution


    Male second star – Elgin Pearce
    Calgary Dinos hockey
    Forward
    4th-year
    Port Coquitlam, B.C.
    Arts


    Female third star – Meg Casault
    Alberta Pandas volleyball
    Outside hitter
    5th-year
    Edmonton, Alta.
    Physical Education and Recreation


    Game log: Friday, February 10 – 12 kills and 10 digs in 3-0 W vs. UBCO / Saturday, February 11 – 12 kills and five digs in 3-0 W vs. UBCO

    Fifth-year Pandas Volleyball outside hitter Meg Casault is the conference’s third star after breaking the Canada West all-time career kills mark during the Pandas sweep of the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat.

    Casault recorded her 1,255th career kill in the opening set of Saturday night’s 3-0 win over the Heat. She breaks the old mark set by former Pandas volleyball MVP Tawana McLeod (nee Wardlaw), who set the previous conference record of 1,254 career kills in 2006.

    Entering the weekend set against the Heat 14 kills shy of the record, Casault spun 12 kills Saturday, while also recording 10 digs, as the Pandas knocked off the No. 9 Heat in straight sets.

    The Edmonton product set the conference record early the next night, as her record-breaking kill gave the Pandas a 19-13 lead in the opening set. Casault spun in another 12 kills on Saturday, to go along with five digs, en route to a second-straight 3-0 win over UBCO.

    The undefeated and top ranked Pandas will aim another pair of wins over a nationally ranked opponent this weekend, as they travel to UBC to take on the 16-4 UBC Thunderbirds.

    Male third star – Brad Hildenbrandt
    Fraser Valley Cascades wrestling
    120 kg
    2nd-year
    Surrey, B.C.
    General Studies


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