2023 Canadian Team Trials wraps up with Greco-Roman competition
EDMONTON— The 2023 Canadian Team Trials concluded on December 17 with the Greco-Roman competition from the Saville Centre in Edmonton. Wrestlers were looking to earn the right to represent Canada at Olympic qualifiers in the discipline.
The competition was split into two sessions, the first to determine finalists and a second where each match was a best two out of three falls to declare a winner.
The 60kg final was contested between London, Ontario’s Keeyan Trotman and Strathmore, Ontario’s Gabriel Durocher. Trotman came away with a victory in the opening contest. After falling behind in the second match, Trotman came back and secured a fall to win the contest.
In the 67kg final it was London’s Gavin Eldridge against Bragg Creek, Alberta’s Christoff Coles. Eldridge secured the win in the first match and looked to finish it in the second. He did just that, winning the second round by pin.
Montreal’s John Yeats took on Prince Albert, Saskatchewan’s Cole Sanderson in the final at 77kg. Yeats started strong and took the first match. In the second, Yeats would cap off the match with an 8-0 victory by superiority.
At 87kg, Toronto’s Ioannis Narlidis was declared the winner of the uncontested weight class.
Finally, at 130kg, the final featured Abbotsford, British Columbia’s Jorawar Dhinsa and Etobicoke, Ontario’s Arya Mehrabi. Dhinsa, who was in the 125kg freestyle final the night before, took the first round of the match, winning by fall. In the second, he scored another fall to take the victory.
The winners will now look to qualify the weight class at the Pan-American Olympic Qualifier Feb. 28- March 1 in Acapulco, Mexico.
That concludes the 2023 Canadian Team Trials. Wrestling Canada Lutte would like to thank the event hosts: the Friends of the World Cup of Wrestling Society, the University of Alberta, all of the event sponsors, the event volunteers and everyone who helped make the event a success.
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