Moore wins 86 kg wrestle-off
TORONTO – Alex Moore of the Montreal Wrestling Club defeated Clayton Pye in two straight matches to win the 86 kg wrestle-off and earn a spot at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament.
The wrestle-off, which was closed to the public, took place at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.
Moore fell behind early in the first match, trailing 0-4 at the halfway point.
“It’s been a while since I competed, it took some time getting the rust off,” said the 23-year-old.
“I got a pep talk from my coaches and got myself together. I knew I was fine, and I knew I could come back, so I didn’t panic.”
Moore went on to score six straight points to win the first match 6-4.
In the second match, Moore dominated and scored ten points quickly to win by technical superiority.
“It feels good to be back. In practice I’ve been feeling amazing, we’ve been training hard. I just need to transfer that to the tournament.”
“Now I need to go back to practice and find out how I can fix my mistakes, and keep taking it one day at a time.”
The World Olympic Qualification Tournament is the final chance for athletes to qualify for the postponed Tokyo Olympics. At the event, the top two spots in each weight-class will be awarded Olympic qualification.
“Thank you to the staff at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre for their hard work and flexibility to help make this event happen,” added Tamara Medwidsky, Wrestling Canada Lutte’s Executive Director.
Video from the wrestle-offs is available on Wrestling Canada Lutte’s YouTube page.