Kevin Black discusses the Can/Am Open
The Can/Am is the premier women’s college open tournament in the United States. Because of the location, the tournament attracts teams from Canada as well as the most of the top WCWA programs.
Jamestown College head coach Cisco Cole did an admirable job in organizing the event. Next year, the tournament will be even bigger as three more Canadian teams have committed to participating in 2010. The Can/Am would have been even larger this year, but due to a scheduling conflict, some college athletes participated in the prestigious NYAC International Open in New York City.
Individual champions at the Can/Am Open:
44kg Stephanie Waters (Oklahoma City)
48kg Hajar Astiani (Regina)
51kg Natasha Umemoto (Oklahoma City)
55kg Michaela Hutchison (Oklahoma City)
59kg Randi Beltz (Missouri Valley)
63kg Shiela McCabe (Oklahoma City)
67kg Lisa McKibben (Regina)
72kg Amber Miracle (USOEC/Northern Michigan)
82kg Brittany Delgado (Oklahoma City)
95kg Beth Thompson (Saskatchewan)
Every year, more wrestling opportunities are becoming available to college females. Not only have we seen new programs spurring up across the US, like King College in Bristol, TN, but reputable tournaments are being held nearly every weekend.
In addition to the Can/Am Open in Jamestown, ND, Kip Flanik at the University of the Cumberlands holds the Harry Geris Memorial and Lee Allen hosts the Lady Oak Open at Menlo College. The Harry Geris Memorial takes place on December 5th in Williamsburg, KY and the Lady Oaks Open is January 2nd on the campus of Menlo College in Atherton, CA.
These great events help prepare athletes for the NWCA National Duals (January 8-10) and the WCWA National Championships (January 29-30).