FREDERICTON - The Brock University Badgers have an opportunity to do what they couldn't accomplish a year ago — win both CIS wrestling team titles.
After the first of two days of competition, the Brock women's and men's teams dominate the standings by 22 and 21-point margins, respectively, and have a chance at a combined 12 medals on Saturday.
On the women's side, the reigning two-time national champion Badgers hold a comfortable lead over Calgary with defending 67-kilogram bronze medallist Marissa Sorrell leading the charge with pins in each of her three matches.
Teammate Jade Parsons is in contention for her third straight 48 kg gold and will face Madison Parks of Western, the 2012 champion at 51 kg, in Saturday's title bout. Parsons beat Parks in the OUA final two weeks ago.
Brock's Carlene Sluberski will be looking for her second CIS gold in two years. She will battle Calgary's Kate Richey for the 51 kg crown.
Jessica Brouillette (59 kg) and Olivia DiBacco (72 kg) round out the list of Badgers who will wrestle in title matches.
Concordia's Linda Morais also has a shot at defending her gold medal from 2013, at 63 kg, and will take on Western's Larissa D'Alleva. Her teammate Veronica Keefe will meet DiBacco in the 72 kg final.
In men's action, six Badgers will fight for gold on Saturday, including Sam Jagas (54 kg), Brian Cowan (57 kg), Jason Balfour (68 kg), Tyler Bowe (72 kg), Matrixx Ferreira (82 kg) and Andrii Vorontsov (90 kg).
Balfour is the defending champ at 68 kg, while Ferreira prevailed in the 76 kg division last season.
Jagas and Cowan will both face Alberta wrestlers tomorrow in Melvin Arciaga and Dylan Williams.