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Ryersonian Male Athlete of the Year nominees

By Andrea Elliott

TORONTO – The Ryerson University Athletics Department will honour its student-athletes and their accomplishments at the 71st Annual Athletic Awards Celebration on Saturday, April 6 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel.

Over the course of the week, ryersonrams.ca has been highlighting the finalists for all six major awards as we prepare for the big night. Today we focus on the best of the best with the finalists for the Ryersonian Male Athlete of the Year award.

The Ryersonian Male Athlete of the Year award is given to the most outstanding male student-athlete in a sport where recognition by other coaches as an all-star, MVP, OUA medalist or qualify for U SPORTS finals or OUA finals are important criteria in the nomination. Exceptional skills as demonstrated by their sport specific statistics are essential to this recognition. Leadership and sportsmanship are secondary.

The following Ryerson Rams (in alphabetical order) were nominated and chosen as finalists for the Ryersonian Male Athlete of the Year award through the awards selection process.

Christopher Berneck – Figure Skating
A first-time finalist for this award, Berneck claimed three medals at this year’s OUA championship. The fourth year skater won the silver medal in the men’s freeskate event, his fourth career medal in the discipline. He then added a silver medal in the dance fours event and a bronze medal with the synchro team. Berneck helped the Rams to a fifth place finish overall at the OUA championship.

Xander Ketrzynski – Volleyball
It’s not often a first year player contends for the Ryersonian award, but when you have a season as good as Ketrzynski did, it’s impossible to ignore. In his first season with the Rams, Ketrzynski took home the OUA East Player of the Year honours after leading the country in points per set and kills per set. He also led the OUA in service aces per set. The recognition didn’t stop there as the rookie of the year also earned U SPORTS First-Team All-Canadian status.

Matt Mistele – Hockey
A record-setting season earned Mistele finalist status for this award for the first time in his career. The third year forward set a new Ryerson single-season record by notching 50 points this season to lead the country. His 30 assists led the OUA while his 20 goals were good for fourth in the conference. Mistele’s dominant offensive talents earned him the OUA West Player of the Year honour and U SPORTS First-Team All-Canadian status.

JV Mukama – Basketball
In his fifth and final season in the blue and gold, Mukama saved his best offensive season for last. The fifth year guard scored a career-high 18.4 points per game this season to rank 7th in the OUA and also dished out a career-best 62 assists this season. Mukama’s play earned him OUA First-Team All-Star and U SPORTS Second-Team All-Canadian accolades and helped guide the Rams to a provincial silver medal and bronze medal on the national stage.

Raheem Rose – Soccer
Rose is now a three-time finalist for this award and closed his five-year career as a Ram with another award-winning season. The fifth year midfielder was named an OUA First-Team All-Star and U SPORTS Second-Team All-Canadian after a strong season controlling the middle of the pitch. Defensively he could shut down his opponents and offensively he distributed the ball well to his teammates while also adding three goals of his own. Rose is just the second soccer player to be a three-time All-Canadian in his career.

Stay tuned to ryersonrams.ca for more finalist releases as well as the results from the 71st Annual Athletic Awards!

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