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Individual wrestling medals handed out at Canada Summer Games

August 11, 2022

THOROLD, ON— The Canada Summer Games wrestling competition wrapped up on Aug. 11, from Canada Games Park, with the individual competition. In total, there were 21 gold medals up for grabs (11 male and 10 female).

One of the special moments in the medal round came in the men’s 52kg weight class. Eekeeluak Clarence Avalak, from Nunavut, won the gold medal. It was the first gold medal for the territory and only it’s second ever Canada Games medal. “This medal is not just for me; it is for all of Nunavut. It is an opportunity for all of us to stand up and be proud,” exclaimed an emotional Avalak after the match.

Another notable medalist on the men’s side came from Cruz Lewis of Ontario. Lewis captured gold in the 60kg weight class. Lewis was also the gold medalist earlier this year at the Canadian Wrestling Championships, also at 60kg, and was named that tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

On the women’s side, a gold medal was won by Ontario’s Serena Di Benedetto. Di Benedetto captured gold in the 52kg weight class. It was another impressive accomplishment for Di Benedetto who also won gold at the Canadian Wrestling Trials in the Junior 50kg weight class and a bronze at the Junior Pan-American Championships. Di Benedetto will now look to continue the momentum as she competes next week at the Junior World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Also winning gold on the women’s side was Rupinder Johal. Johal, from British Columbia, earned gold in the 79kg weight class. Johal has had a tremendous year including capturing gold at the Canadian Wrestling Trials and Cadet Pan-American Championships. Now, she can add a Canada Games gold medal to her collection.

Wrestling Medalists

Men’s Medalists

Weight Class Gold Silver Bronze
44kg Burhan Ahmad (ON) Zakir Ibrahimkheil (AB) N/A
48kg Karan Patel (ON) Matt Drope (BC) Cerio Abrenica (MB)
52kg Eekeeluak Clarence Avalak (NU) Fred Calingay (AB) Zubin Gatta (ON)
56kg Treye Trotman (ON) Ben Reid (AB) Ebraheim Aldrar (MB)
60kg Cruz Lewis (ON Donovan Neudorf (SK) Jagvir Grewal (BC)
65kg Kai Harada (ON) Prabhjot Mander (BC) RJ Hetherington (PEI)
70kg Nicholas Hooper (AB) Yann Heymug (QC) Mason Van Zantvoort (ON)
76kg Connor Church (QC) Humraj Sandhar (BC) Caius Harbridge (ON)
85kg Aidan Stevenson (AB) Irman Kang (ON) Kai Leblanc (NB)
98kg Owen Salvatore Giancola (MB) Émile Forgues (QC) Owen Gudmundson (AB)
120kg Karan Mahil (BC) Omogbai Asekomhe (ON) Nick Cross (QC)


Women’s Medalists

Weight Class Gold Silver Bronze
44kg Laila Seed-Desai (ON) Alexandria Templeton Metke (SK) Mia Bahi (BC)
48kg Annika Fines (AB) Maddie Charlton (NS) Kara Marie Steeves (NB)
52kg Serena Di Benedetto (ON) Maddie MacKenzie (AB) Julia Petryna (SK)
56kg Sophia Louise Bechard (QC) Olivia Lichti (ON) Mackenzie Cayer (MB)
60kg Gabriela Cross (BC) Bronwyn MacGregor (ON) Anaka Chartrand (MB)
64kg Angelina Ellis-Toddington (AB) Myah Clatney (SK) Marley Jackson (BC)
69kg Vanessa Keefe (PEI) Natalie Vecchio (ON) Vivian Mei Kutnowski (NB)
74kg Paige Maher (BC) Shelby Guerin-Daniels (SK) Lauren Smith (ON)
79kg Rupinder Johal (BC) Myah Phillips (SK) Jasleen Mann (AB)
84kg Claudia Landry (ON) Dimitra Russell (AB) Olivia Rose (SK)


For complete individual and team results visit the tournament site