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Canada Set for 2024 U20 Pan-American Championships

July 08, 2024

OTTAWA — Wrestling Canada Lutte (WCL) is proud to announce the 20 athletes, coaches and support staff set to represent Canada at the 2024 U20 Pan-American (Pan-Am) Championships, July 11-13, in Lima, Peru.

“Team Canada is sending an experienced group of young international wrestlers to the U20 Pan American Wrestling Championships in Peru. We are pleased to see so many of our talented athletes with previous international experience, which bodes well for this championship. This is an important tournament as a stepping stone to the World Championships later this summer,” said Chris Woodcroft, WCL High Performance Director.

In addition to the international experience, the team also feature athletes who have achieved Pan-Am podium success. All team members will be looking to impress and put themselves in a solid position for the U20 World Championships, Sept. 2-8 in Pontevedra, Spain.

Competing as the only athlete in Greco-Roman wrestling will be Abbotsford, British Columbia’s Jorawar Dhinsa. Dhinsa, who will compete at 130kg, was the Canadian representative for the Pan-American Olympic Qualifiers earlier this year where he finished fifth. He also finished fifth at the Senior Pan-Am Championships at 130kg. In addition, he earned a silver medal at the 2024 U23 Pan-Ams in freestyle. Now, he’ll look to add a U20 medal to his 2024 accomplishments.

In men’s freestyle, another past medalist that will compete is Guelph, Ontario’s Nathan Hunyady. Hunyady, who will compete at 65kg, won silver at the 2023 U20 Pan-Am Championships. He will look to improve on the colour of his medal and top the podium in 2024.

On the women’s side, Abbotsford’s Rupinder Johal will aim for her second Pan-Am Championships medal. Johal captured gold at the 2022 U17 Pan-Ams at 73kg. Now, she will compete at 76kg looking for another gold.

U20 Pan-American Championships Team

Weight Class Name Hometown Club
WW 50kg LO GRECO, Francesca Niagara Falls, ON Brock WC
WW 53kg MULLIN, Sierra Saskatoon, SK Saskatoon WC
WW 55kg GROF, Madisyn Maple Ridge, BC Burnaby Mountain WC
WW 57kg FINDING, Ella Port Moody, BC Burnaby Mountain WC
WW 59kg SENKO, Ashton Maple Ridge, BC Coast Wrestling Academy
WW 65kg RANDHAWA, Prabhleen Brampton, ON Akhara of Champions WC
WW 68kg KEEFE, Vanessa St. Catherines, ON Brock WC
WW 72kg BLAIS, Tehani Hamilton, ON Hamilton WC
WW 76kg JOHAL, Rupinder Abbotsford, BC Burnaby Mountain WC
FS 57kg ROMANO, Matteo Welland, ON Brock WC
FS 61kg HELOU, Blayne Pickering, ON Hamilton WC
FS 65kg HUNYADY, Nathan Guelph, ON Guelph WC
FS 70kg SIDHU, Sehaj Surrey, BC Burnaby Mountain WC
FS 74kg KENNEDY, William South Bend, IN Brock Jr Badgers WC
FS 79kg NAGRA, Arjun Surrey, BC Coast Wrestling Academy
FS 86kg BAL, Rohit Surrey, BC Canadian Mal WC
FS 92kg ARSAGOV, Zaurbek Montreal, QC Montreal NTC
FS 97kg DHINSA, Tejvir Abbotsford, BC Guru Gobind Singh WC
FS 125kg ASEKOMHE, Omogbai Mississauga, ON Hamilton WC
GR 130kg DHINSA, Jorawar Abbotsford, BC Guru Gobind Singh WC

Accompanying the team are the coaching staff and team officials. The group includes coaches Frank Mensah, Heather Sweezey and Gord Peavy; team leader Tamara Medwidsky; and athletic therapist Victoria Cleary. Jason Flinders, Michelle Flinders, Roger Pike and Joe Yee will represent Canada as officials.

For complete tournament information, visit the tournament website at: https://uww.org/event/u20-pan-american-championships/news