Amar Dhesi Awarded 2014 Junior World Championships Gold Medal
(November 21, 2014) Ottawa – After a doping case following the 2014 Junior World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, freestyle wrestler Geno Petriashvili (120 kg) has been disqualified and Canada’s Amar Dhesi wins the Gold medal and the Championship title.
Dhesi becomes one of a handful of men’s freestylers (senior and other) to bring home the coveted title. Gia Sissaouri was the last Canadian male to win a Senior World Championship title in men’s freestyle in 2001. Alfred Wurr won the Espoir World Championship title in men’s freestyle in 1989.
“This news results in Canada winning its first male Junior World Wrestling Championship in 25 years,” says Wrestling Canada Lutte Executive Director Tamara Medwidsky. “Wrestling Canada Lutte celebrates this news and congratulates Amar and his coaches for their hard work and preparation.”
The Oregon State University Beavers wrestler had won three straight matches at the August 2014 event before losing to Petriashvili the defending champion. The 2014 Junior World Wrestling Championship title follows his 2014 Junior Pan Am Championship gold medal performance in Toronto in June.