The women’s wrestling team has made much progress this season.
Although it is not the most publicized sport at McMaster, the Marauders wrestling team has made a very good breakthrough this season. Just in their last home tournament that took place in November, the Marauders collected a total of six medals, three of which were silver and gold.
Out of the six medals won by the wrestling teams, four were from the men’s, while the other two were from the women’s team. One of the gold medal recipients (50kg weight category), Ligaya Stinellis, who is a part of the women’s team, has spoken about how proud she was of the team and the extensive success that they have achieved this season.
Having been in the team since her debut in her first year, Stinellis, now a fourth-year student, is considered a veteran in the team and her results have certainly proven that over the course of last year.
“We have done really well and I am proud of it. We are currently in the top five in the country and are aiming to do even better. So far, we have had three meets and one club meet that we have taken part in. Overall, all of them went really well but I only managed to compete in two of them. However, none of us know what is going to happen from January onwards,” said Stinellis.
When asked to expand on the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the sport as of late, Stinellis had a lot to say on the subject.
“It was and still is taking a big effect on the sport. Since us wrestlers have to have close contact during our fights, there is simply no way of curbing the spread of the virus. So if someone has it in the team, practically everybody does,” said Stinellis
However, she did mention that this semester brought her hope even though the future seems uncertain.
“The fall semester was definitely the most exciting COVID-19 period for us. We had many tournaments and we got the green light to partake in multiple events around the province. Although that did bring us hope, we are now in such an uncertain period where we don’t know what is going to happen. We were meant to have three tournaments in January, but they have been called off,” said Stinellis.
On the subject of the new restrictions and Ontario University Athletics being labelled as “amateur,” Stinellis felt that the label doesn’t quite suit the organization well.
“Although to me the idea of amateur sports is when you’re not getting paid, the OUA are much more than just an amateur organization. I feel that we should be seen as elite because there are so many athletes here that have olympic potential. It’s just going to kill our sport and it feels like there is no potential,” said Stinellis.
Although the wrestling team has thoroughly impressed this season, there is still no word on what’s next for them. Should current restriction be upheld, the OUA will resume after Jan. 27.