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Wrestling Canada Lutte – Wrestling Canada Lutte launches online store


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All items will be shipped on December 11.

Wrestling Canada Lutte sending eight to first U23 World Championships

Bydgoszcz, Poland – Wrestling Canada Lutte will be sending a talented team of eight to the U23 World Championships taking place from November 21 to 26.

The Championships will be a first for United World Wrestling. The federation is debuting the competition for 18 to 23-year-old athletes in the three Olympic disciplines.

Team Canada will be led by Jevon Balfour and Braxton Stone-Papadopoulos, who both competed in the Senior World Championship in August.

Balfour is fresh off a Commonwealth Games Trials victory at 74 kg earlier in November. The 22-year-old from Brampton, Ont. will be looking to build on his international experience that includes a Commonwealth Games silver in 2014, and a Canada Cup gold in 2017.

Stone-Papadopoulos, of Scarborough, Ont., has an abundance of international experience. The 22-year-old has competed in nine World Championships (three senior, four junior, and two cadet). So far in 2017, Stone-Papadopoulos has wins at the Pan American Championship in Brazil and the Grand Prix of Germany.

“The U23 Worlds offer us the opportunity to get world level competition for our wrestlers,” said Tonya Verbeek, International Coach for Wrestling Canada Lutte. “We see this as a top-level tournament that will help our younger senior athletes work towards their ultimate goal of winning World and Olympic medals.”

“We look forward to these types of experiences in being paramount to developing the next phase of athletes who will be winning medals for Canada at either the 2020 or 2024 Olympic Games. These athletes and their coaches have been working hard over the months to prepare for this competition, and are ready to represent our country proudly.”

Nishan Randhawa will be competing in his second world championship of the year. The 19-year-old from Burnaby finished seventh at the Junior World Championship at 96 kg.

Gracelynn Doogan of Guelph Wrestling Club finished fifth at the Junior World Championship in 2016.

The U23 World Championship will be the last major championship before the new format of two-day competition and same-day weigh-ins comes into effect.

Full team list


53 kg

Alyssa Cleaves

63 kg

Braxton Stone-Papdopoulos

75 kg

Gracelynn Doogan


57 kg

Darthe Capellan

65 kg

Dillon Williams

70 kg

Caleb Rutner

74 kg

Jevon Balfour

97 kg

Nishan Randhawa



Tonya Verbeek


Dave McKay


Victoria Cleary


Mike Drought


Jason Flinders


Schedule (Bydgoszcz local time)
Tuesday, Nov. 21
Greco-Roman – 71 kg, 75 kg, 85 kg, 98 kg
10 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage
5 p.m. – Opening ceremony
6 p.m. – Medal matches

Wednesday, Nov. 22
Greco-Roman – 59 kg, 66 kg, 80 kg, 130 kg
10 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage
6 p.m. – Medal matches

Thursday, Nov. 23
Women’s freestyle – 55 kg, 58 kg, 63 kg, 75 kg
10 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage
6 p.m. – Medal matches

Friday, Nov. 24
Women’s freestyle – 48 kg, 53 kg, 60 kg, 69 kg
10 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage
6 p.m. – Medal matches

Saturday, Nov. 25
Men’s freestyle – 57 kg, 61kg, 86 kg, 125 kg
10 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage
6 p.m. – Medal matches

Sunday, Nov. 26
Men’s freestyle – 65 kg, 70 kg, 74 kg, 97 kg
10 a.m. – Qualification rounds and repechage
6 p.m. – Medal matches

Huynh inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Toronto – Two-time Olympic medalist Carol Huynh was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2017 on Thursday.

Huynh made history by becoming the first Canadian Olympic gold medalist in women’s wrestling at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Four years later she captured a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Huynh, originally from Hazelton, B.C., is a four-time world wrestling championship medalist (silver in 2001, bronze in 2000, 2005, and 2010), a 2010 Commonwealth Games champion, a two-time Pan American Games champion (2007 and 2011), and an eleven-time national champion (2000-02, 2004-2008, and 2010-12).

Huynh retired from competitive wrestling after the 2012 Olympic Games, and has since given back to her sport and country.

In 2013, she was chosen to advocate on behalf of wrestlers at the 125th International Olympic Committee Session in Buenos Aires to have wrestling readmitted to the Olympic program.

In 2015, she was appointed as a United World Wrestling Super 8 Ambassador for the global campaign focusing on the development of women in wrestling and she was the Chair of the first United World Wrestling Athletes Commission.

Huynh currently coaches the Wrestling NextGen Program – Calgary and is an assistant coach at the Dinos Wrestling Club at the University of Calgary. Huynh has exhibited passion, class and extraordinary commitment to sport and her community throughout her career as an athlete, coach and sports advocate.

“To be counted amongst the many great athletes and sportspeople that have been inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame before me and with me is quite overwhelming,” said Huynh. “They are truly an inspiration to so many Canadians of all walks of life. I am so honoured to be a part of something that’s more than just an award or recognition. I think that Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame illustrates  to all, that they too can achieve, succeed, overcome, and make a difference.”

“We’re thrilled that we have the opportunity to celebrate Carol’s amazing achievements,” said Tamara Medwidsky, Wrestling Canada Lutte’s Executive Director. “Carol continues to give back to the sport and share her expertise with the next generation of Canadian wrestlers.”

Other class of 2017 inductees include Mike Weir, Simon Whitfield, Lanny McDonald, Cindy Klassen, Gaylord Powless, Robert W. Jackson, Dr. Charles Tator and the Edmonton Grads.

Olympians Jarvis, Wiebe, Fazzari and Lappage lead the way at Commonwealth Games Trials

Burnaby, B.C. – Rio Olympians Korey Jarvis, Michelle Fazzari, Danielle Lappage and Erica Wiebe found victories today at the Commonwealth Games Trials at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.

The Trials, running United World Wrestling’s new Olympic weight classes and a same-day weigh-in, saw many athletes competing in different weight classes.

The winners of each weight class are provisionally nominated to the Commonwealth Games Team, pending any injury provision wrestle-offs, and final confirmation of quota spots.

Jarvis, of Elliot Lake, Ont., won his 125 kg weight class defeating both Sean Molle and Brad Hildenbrandt by technical superiority. Jarvis has been a member of two other Commonwealth Games teams. He competed in both Delhi, India in 2010 and Glasgow, Scotland in 2014. He captured silver in 2010 in the 96 kg division, and won gold at 125 kg in 2014.

2017 Senior World bronze medalist Fazzari moved up from 58 kg to 62 kg recently and defeated 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Braxton Papadopoulos to win the 62 kg division. Fazzari, of Hamilton, Ont., won all three of her bouts, finishing with a 10-5 victory over Papadopoulos in the final.

“This will be my first Commonwealth Games so I am beyond excited to be a part of such a talented and amazing team,” said Fazzari. “I’m looking forward to showing the world what Canada can do against the worlds best.”

Danielle Lappage, defending 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, also changed weight classes, moving up to 68 kg from 63 kg. The Olds, Alta., native defeated Veronica Keefe of Montreal 6-0 in the final to win the 68 kg weight class. Lappage, who competes for the Dinos Wrestling Club was also a member of the 2016 Olympic team.

Rio Olympic champion Erica Wiebe finished at the top of the 76 kg class after defeating three opponents, including former teammate and London Olympian Leah Ferguson in the final.

The highly anticipated match-up between Wiebe and 2017 Senior World bronze medalist Justina Di Stasio did not take place, after Di Stasio withdrew in the days leading up to the event due to injury. Wiebe, of Stittsville, Ont., has her eyes set on defending her 2014 Commonwealth Games title.

Other highlights included 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medalist Jevon Balfour of Scarborough, Ont., winning the 74 kg division. Balfour’s Brock Wrestling Club teammate, Jessica MacDonald, swept all four of her bouts with technical superiorities to take the 50 kg title.

The Montreal YMHA Wrestling Club came away with three Trials winners, led by Alex Moore in the 86 kg weight class, Jordan Steen at 97 kg and Vince De Marinis at 65 kg.

Trials Winners


50 kg – Jessica MacDonald (Brock WC)
53 kg – Diana Weicker (Brock WC)
57 kg – Emily Schaefer (Brock WC)
62 kg – Michelle Fazzari (Brock WC)
68 kg – Danielle Lappage (Dinos WC)
76 kg – Erica Wiebe (Dinos WC)

Men’s Freestyle:

57 kg – Steve Takahashi (London-Western WC)
65 kg – Vince De Marinis (Montreal-YMHA)
74 kg – Jevon Balfour (Brock WC)
86 kg – Alex Moore (Montreal-YMHA)
97 kg – Jordan Steen (Montreal-YMHA)
125 kg – Korey Jarvis (Guelph WC)

The full results package can be accessed at the following link: