• Friday, February 7, 2020
  • 10:00 AM
  • Calgary, Calgary - Jack Simpson Gym

2020 Canada West Wrestling Championship Preview

The Golden Bears are looking for a fourth-straight conference title, while the Pandas aim for a second title in three years

By Aly Andersen on February 4, 2020

The 2020 Canada West Wrestling Championship kicks off this weekend as the University of Calgary Dinos welcomes western Canada’s top wrestlers, Friday and Saturday at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium. 

The Golden Bears are looking to win their fourth-straight Canada West title and their 13th in team history. Meanwhile, the Pandas will look to improve on their second-place finish at last year’s Canada West Championship. 

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2019-20 BEARS AND PANDAS RESULTS

2019 CW finish: Men - 1st, Women - 2nd
2019 U SPORTS finish: Men – 3rd, Women – 5th

Last CW championship / total CW championships: Men – 2019 / 12, Women – 2018 / 4
Last U SPORTS finish / total U SPORTS championships: Men - 2013 / 4, Women – 2011 / 1

Returning CW gold medalists

Men:

Jordan Wong – 57kg
Miles Kent – 72kg
Nathen Schmidt – 61kg
Nicholas Goloniec – 82kg

Key returners

Golden Bears fourth-year Nicholas Goloniec (82 kg) has been stellar since his gold medal win at last years Canada west Championships, finishing atop the podium at the Dinos Invitational to start the season and second place finish at the Golden Bears Invitational in his most recent competition.

Katie Mulkay (63 kg) will look to improve on her second-place finish at last year’s CW championship. The second-year Panda is the reigning Canada West, U SPORTS, and University of Alberta Female Rookie of the Year. Mulkay has found her stride this year with two first place finishes in her last two tournaments (Guelph Gryphons Invitational and UFV Cascades Classic) leading into this year’s championship.

Notable newcomers


Alec Montoya’s
(57 kg) first season in a Golden Bears uniform has been a memorable one. The young wrestler from North Carolina has finished top three in all tournaments he has competed in so far, including three first place finishes at the York Lions Open, the Huskies Open, and the Guelph Gryphon Invitational.

Jenna Petryna (55 kg) has found he way up the ranks in her first year as a Panda. Petryna found herself just off the podium in her first few tournaments, but as Canada West Championships approach, she is peaking at the right time, finishing in the top three at both the Huskies Open and the Guelph Gryphon invitational.