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Garcia and Morais earn second chances at World Championships

October 22, 2018

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Haislan Garcia and Linda Morais earned spots in Tuesday’s repechage matches, and will look to advance to their bronze medal bouts at the 2018 Senior World Championships.

Garcia, a national team veteran at 35 years old, defeated Korean Seungbong Lee in the 70 kg qualifying round 4-1. He advanced to the 1/8 final where he fell 0-2 to Magomedrasul Gazimagomedov of Russia. Both points were awarded on passivity by Garcia.

“It didn’t go my way,” said Garcia. “I should have fought some more. He was beating me on the corner tie and making me look like I was passive.”

On Tuesday, Garcia will have to defeat both Mustafa Kaya of Turkey and Byambadorj Erdene of Mongolia to advance to the bronze medal match.

Morais, who wrestles with Montreal YMHA, won by forfeit in her first match of the day against Fatoumata Camara of Guinea. In her second match, Morais faced-off against Tukey’s Elif Yesilirmak in a back and forth bout that ended in a 5-3 loss for Morais.

“There are a few things I could have done differently,” said the 25-year-old. “The results didn’t go the way that I would have liked to. I should have worked a little harder when I got the advantage and was in par terre.”

“In that second round I should have moved around, and moved her more. I knew she was tired and I didn’t use that to my advantage.”

Morais will wrestle Alejandra Bonilla of Mexico for a spot in the bronze medal match.

At 97 kg, Jordie Steen put in an impressive performance to defeat Murazi Mchedlidze of Ukraine. In the quarterfinal, he wrestled Pavlo Oliinyk of the host nation Hungary. Steen, who is Morais’ teammate at Montreal YMHA, couldn’t defend the gut wrench and was defeated by technical superiority.

Jade Parsons was matched up against Qi Zhang of China. The 27-year-old from Orilia, Ont., was the aggressor for the majority of the match, but was outmaneuvered in the groundwork by China.

“It was disappointing,” said Parsons. “I didn’t really let the nerves get to me, it was just won on my lack of ground defense. I’ve got to work on wrestling defensive wrestlers. It’s frustrating when my opponent is extremely defensive.”

In addition to Garcia and Morais, Erica Wiebe, Justina Di Stasio, Danielle Lappage and Olivia Di Bacco will be wrestling in the Tuesday morning session of the Senior World Championships. Action begins at 4:30 a.m. ET.