Godin, Galusha crowned as EWC champs

Staff

Bill Godin and Ralph Galusha were on the hot seat at the Emo Walleye Classic on Saturday when the top 11 competitors from Day 1 were towed into the arena for the final weigh-in.
The pair must have been burning up by the end of it all as they weren’t dethroned—winning this year’s tournament with a two-day catch of 11.32 pounds.
Godin and Galusha sat in 13th spot after Friday, hauling in 4.44 pounds, but they came up big with Saturday’s second-biggest catch, bringing in 6.88 pounds.
The win was the second for Godin and Galusha, who also won the EWC in 2007, albeit with a two-day haul of 19.47 pounds that year.
The winning total of 11.32 pounds easily was the lowest two-day catch to win the tournament, smashing the previous record of 15 pounds set by Harvey Cochrane and Oliver Gibbons in the inaugural EWC back in 2002.
Godin and Galusha edged out 2006 champions, Eric Lessman and Todd Grennier, who finished in second place with 10.17 pounds.
Day 1 leaders Monte Mann and Ron Parks, whose catch of 9.81 pounds included a 7.24-pound lunker (the weekend’s big fish), were skunked on Day 2 to finish in fourth place.
Brendan Loney and Shane Scott finished third (10.05 pounds) while Frank Grunewald and Frank McWhinnie ended up in fifth (9.74).
Other notables included defending champs Ted Heyens and Kelvin Caul, who finished 13th with a two-day total of 7.23 pounds.
Two-time EWC champions Doug McBride and Steve Ballan ended up in 18th with a 6.23-pound total.