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Di Bacco picks up silver, Wiebe bronze in Ukraine

February 27, 2021

KIEV, Ukraine – Olivia Di Bacco and Erica Wiebe reached the podium at the Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers and Coaches Memorial tournament.

Di Bacco, of Orillia, Ont., lost the 68 kg gold medal match 1-1 on criteria to Meerim Zhumanazarova of Kyrgyzstan. Each wrestler scored a point for passivity, but Di Bacco was unable to score after trailing on criteria.

Wiebe won her bronze medal matchup against Anna Melnyk of Ukraine with a pin. Wiebe, of Stittsville, Ont., had pinned two other opponents in the tournament to reach the bronze medal match.

Seven other Canadian wrestlers, Samantha Stewart, Diana Weicker, Tianna Kennett, Michelle Fazzari, Jessica Brouillette, Dillon Williams, and Hunter Lee were unable to make their semifinals.

Brouillette and Williams were pulled back into repechage and will wrestle tomorrow with a chance to qualify for their bronze medal matches.

All the wrestlers who competed at the Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers and Coaches Memorial tournament will also be competing at the Matteo Pellicone in Rome March 4 to 7. They will be joined by Canadian teammate Amar Dhesi and Clayton Pye.