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Sport Nova Scotia – HALIFAX, NS (April 8th,  2019) – On April 5th-7th, Nova Scotia earned two silver medals at the 2019 U17/U19 National Freestyle Wrestling Championships held in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Nova Scotia also placed top three in the 2019 Greco-Roman National Championships as a result of three medals earned from Nova Scotia wrestlers.

 

TWO SILVERS FOR NOVA SCOTIA AT 2019 U17/U19 NATIONAL FREESTYLE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN FREDERICTON, NB

 

Makayla Levy of Wolfville, NS, fresh from a Bronze medal at the 2019 Junior National Championships in Saskatoon defended her 2018 U19 National Title in a field of ten. Entering the Finals without a point scored against her, she wrestled a tough competitor from Ontario to take home the silver medal. Levy’s first three matches against athletes from Ontario, BC, and Alberta were won by superiority. A member of the Metro Amateur Wrestling Club in Lower Sackville NS, Levy has also been training with the Brock University Wrestling Club this year, where she will attend classes this fall and wrestle with the university team.

 

Tea Racozzi earned Silver in the 74 kg weight division, wrestling in the finals against Amelia Frisbee (Ontario) in the U19 age group. Competing in her first National Championships, she won each of her matches by pin. This caps off a great season for the King’s-Edgehill School athlete who wrestles for the Windsor Mat Kings club. Racozzi has defended her high school provincial Championship with a second straight individual championship, adding to an Open Eastern Canadian Championship this year.

 

Bella Galaise of the Windsor Mat Kings Wrestling Club is a grade nine student from King’s-Edgehill School who competed in her first National Championships in the U17 age category. Galaise finished with a two and two record to earn 5th place overall. She lost to the national finalist from Quebec and defeated wrestlers from BC and AB.

 

Eamonn Dudley-Chubbs of the Cape Breton Highlands Wrestling Club competed in the 71 kg weight division for the U19 age category in a 32-man weight category. An extremely competitive division, Eamonn excelled in his first three matches, winning them by superiority and finishing the competition in 6th place. Dudley-Chubbs trained across the USA in the summer and was invited to Edmonton to train with the Bears for a week in March. So far this season, Dudley-Chubbs has medalled in high performance tournaments such as the K-Bay Open, Ragnarok in the Rex, Alberta Open and winning both the NS Open and Atlantic Championships.

 

Colin Briand of the Sackville Wrestling Club placed 6th out of 24 competitors in the U17 60kg weight class, winning 4 out of 7 matches in a very skilled group of competitors. In 2019, Briand placed first in the Provincial and Eastern Canadian Championships.

 

 

THREE MEDALS FOR NS WRESTLERS AT 2019 GRECO-ROMAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN FREDERICTON

 

Maddie Charlton finished 1st overall in the U17 46 kg weight category for National Greco-Roman in her first National Championships. Charlton also placed fifth of seven in the freestyle nationals the U17 age division earlier in the weekend. Charlton, who wrestles out of both the Metro Amateur Wrestling Club and the Canada Games Centre Wrestling Club, has accumulated 10 medals in 10 events this year.

 

Elias Wile, also of the Metro Amateur Wrestling Club, took Silver in the U19 71 kg Greco-Roman Nationals after four brilliant matches. He also wrestled in the same category as Dudley-Chubbs in the 73 kg Freestyle category (field of 28) earlier in the weekend, earning a record of 3 wins and 2 losses. Wile has placed in the top three in several high-performance tournaments throughout the year including the Ragnarok in the Rex, Atlantic Open and Alberta Open competitions. Alongside Dudley-Chubbs, Wile trained in Edmonton for a weekend in March and plans to return there in the future for more training.

 

Akwaima Akpan of the Sackville Wrestling club also wrestled in her first National Championships this past weekend. Akpan wrestled 73 kg in the U17 division in Greco-Roman, taking home a silver medal. Earlier in the weekend, Akpan placed 5th in a field of 8 in the 73 kg Freestyle National Championships.

 

Tsubaki Onishi of the Bridgewater Panthers won bronze in the U19 57 kg weight class, winning three matches in a field of seven competitors. She has placed in the top 3 at the Eastern Canadian Championships, Atlantic Open and NB Open earlier in 2019.

 

Other NS athletes results in the Greco-Roman competition include Ethan Mullholland, Sackville Club earn 4th in U17 60 kg, Uriah Melanson of Sackville Wrestling Club earn 5th in U17 60 kg, Luken Lawson of Metro Amateur Wrestling Club won 5th in U17 65 kg, and Annie Tulk of Sackville Wrestling Club won 5th place in U19 57kg.

 

Wrestling Nova Scotia (WNS) is the provincial body providing the core services and support to freestyle/Greco wrestling clubs across Nova Scotia. For more information on WNS and its programs, please visit www.wrestlingns.ca.

 

Elias Wile (first from left) standing on the podium alongside his competitors after his second place finish in the Greco-Roman 71 kg category

From left to right: Kim Walsh (Windsor Mat Kings Coach), Tea Rocozzi (Silver Medalist), Makayla Levy (Silver Medalist) and Gary Levy (Metro Amateur Wrestling Club Coach).

 

 

For more information or additional photos, please contact:

Emily Nickerson

Tel: (902) 425-5450 ext. 371

Email: enickerson@sportnovascotia.ca