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Men unable to advance in strong World Championship field

September 21, 2019

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Canada had six men compete on the final two days of competition at the World Championships, all of who were unable to progress past tough first-round opponents.

Alex Moore, of the Montreal Wrestling Club, drew Fatih Erdin of Turkey in his first match. Erdin was ranked number-one in the 86 kg weight-class.

Moore, 20, led briefly and appeared to control the pace for much of the match. He eventually fell 7-2 to the 2018 World Championship silver medallist.

“I had like three or four times where I should have scored on him,” said Moore, who was competing in his first World Championships at the senior level. “I guess it’s a step in the right direction.”

Canada’s top-ranked heavyweight, Korey Jarvis, lost his 125 kg qualifying round on Friday to Robert Baran of Poland. Jarvis, of Elliot Lake, Ont., showed strong defense throughout the match, but wasn’t able to put points and the board and eventually fell 3-0.

“He was really shutting my offense down, a lot of controlling the wrist, I just couldn’t get to the legs on the second round,” said Jarvis, 32. “Strong opponent and I couldn’t get my offense going like I wanted to.”

“I put it all out there, but it’s the World Championships, it’s tough out here.”

Three other wrestlers from the Montreal Wrestling Club also competed for the men’s team.

Jordie Steen of Tecumseh, Ont., dropped his 97 kg qualifying round matchup to German Erik Thiele. Steen, 26, was unable to score and lost the bout 6-0.

Scott Schiller lost a close match in the 61 kg qualifying round to Moldova’s Mihai Esanu. The 29-year-old from Windsor, Ont., fell 6-4.

Vince De Marinis took on James Green of the USA in the 70 kg qualifying round. Green controlled the match and won by technical superiority 10-0.

Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club’s Jasmit Phulka lost the 74 kg 1/16 final to Japan’s Mao Okui. Phulka led 2-0 at the break, but Okui controlled the second half of the match, and defeated Phulka 8-2.

On Friday, the first two Canadian men to compete at the World Championships each won their opening round bouts. Darthe Capellan and Dillion Williams advanced at 57 kg and 65 kg but lost in the 1/8 finals. Friday also saw Canadian Linda Morais win gold at 59 kg.

Read: Morais wins World Championship gold

The Canadian team has wrapped up competition at the World Championships. Complete results are available here.