Wiebe, Balfour golden at Spanish Grand Prix
Wrestling Canada – MADRID – Erica Wiebe defeated three-time world champion Adeline Gray to take gold in the 76 kg weight class at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Wiebe, of Stittsville, Ont., bested the American 6-5 in the final match. Gray is ranked first in the world by United World Wrestling. Wiebe, the 2016 Olympic Champion, is currently ranked 12th.
The match may be a preview for a stacked 76 kg weight class at the 2018 World Championships that will likely feature Wiebe, Gray and Turkish 2017 World Champion Yasemin Adar.
On the men’s side, Jevon Balfour of Scarborough, Ont., defeated Canadian teammate Jasmit Phulka of Abbotsford, B.C., to take gold at 74 kg.
In total, Canadians took home 10 medals from the Spanish Grand Prix. Natasha Fox and Darthe Capellan also captured silver medals, while Jessica MacDonald, Danielle Lappage, Justina Di Stasio, Dillon Williams and Hunter Lee each secured bronze.
All Canadian medallists:
50 kg – Natasha Fox – silver
50 kg – Jessica MacDonald – bronze
68 kg – Danielle Lappage – bronze
76 kg – Justina Di Stasio – bronze
76 kg – Erica Wiebe – gold
57 kg – Darthe Capellan – silver
70 kg – Dillon Williams – bronze
74 kg – Jevon Balfour – gold
74 kg – Jasmit Phulka – silver
92 kg – Hunter Lee – bronze