Clan wrestler Monika Podgorski on the mat.

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Storybook start to season ends for Clan wrestlers

October 27, 2014
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The storybook start to the season came to an end for the Simon Fraser University Clan women's wrestling team on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Cliff Keen Duals in Oklahoma City.

SFU, which won 43 of its 48 matches at the tournament on Friday, Oct. 24, lost two duals on Saturday, Oct. 24, to finish fourth.  

Simon Fraser lost in the third-place match, 25-20, to Campbellsville University. It was the second time in less than three hours that the two teams faced each other. The Clan won six of the 10 matches to defeat Campbellsville 24-19 to begin the championship side of the tournament Saturday.

After the win over Campbellsville, Simon Fraser met and lost to eventual champion King University Navy in the championship semi-final, 33-10. King University Navy defeated OCU Black 27-20 to capture the tournament title.

SFU defeated McKendree Black 29-15 in the consolation semi-final. That win set the stage for the return match with Campbellsville.

"The girls were all wrestling their 10th matches in three days,” says Clan head coach Justin Abdou. “We simply ran out of gas in the last match. We couldn't get up for it. Campbellsville was motivated to avenge the earlier loss and they wrestled really well."

"In our losses we gave up too many bonus points and that was a big difference."

Simon Fraser and Campbellsville each won five matches in the consolation final.

SFU's Abby Lloyd was pinned by Michelle Lomas at 109-pounds and that match could have been the difference for SFU. Earlier in the day, Lloyd earned a 10-0 technical fall over Lomas.

"Abby was well on her way to another win but let her guard down and got caught," says Abdou.

Senior Bailley Halvorson won all four of her matches Saturday at 155-pounds, including one by a pin, and is 10-0 to start the season.

"Halvorson was solid all weekend long and really wrestled the way we expect our seniors to wrestle," says Abdou. "She set the tone for the rest of the girls by staying poised and in control, especially in the close matches.

"After wrestling so many matches this early in the season we now have a good gauge of where we are as a team and what we have to do to get better."

Simon Fraser will host a dual meet on Oct. 31 against the University of Winnipeg, Pacific University and Warner Pacific University. The Clan International is scheduled for Nov. 1.