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Cadet Worlds Roundup: Di Benedetto takes fifth

August 10, 2019

SOFIA, Bulgaria – Serena Di Benedetto finished fifth at 46 kg at the Cadet World Championships in Bulgaria.

Di Benedetto, of Hamilton Wrestling Club, lost in the bronze medal match to Sitora Tolipbekova of Uzbekistan. The 16-year-old was defeated by technical superiority 11-0.

To qualify for the bronze medal match, Di Benedetto won matches against USA’s Sage Mortimer and Russia’s Ekaterina Karpushkina, before dropping the semifinals to Xuejing Liang of China.

The other four Canadians competing at the championships were unable to pick up victories. Nyla Burgess and Ismail Ayyoub finished 14th at 65 kg and 80 kg, and Samantha Adams and Dechlan Papadopoulos landed in 18th at 49 kg and 55 kg.

Complete results are available here.