Pye and Moore to wrestle-off for spot at final Olympic Qualifier
TORONTO – Clayton Pye and Alex Moore will wrestle-off for the 86 kg spot on the Canadian team at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Bulgaria in May.
The wrestle-off will take place on February 20 in a closed session in Toronto.
Pye, who trains with the Brock Wrestling Club, won the Canadian Wrestling Trials in December 2019 after defeating Alex Brown-Theriault two matches to one in the finals.
Moore, who trains with the Montreal Wrestling Club, qualified for the wrestle-off through an injury provision.
Pye goes into the wrestle-off with a 1-0 lead in a best-of-three matches final. Moore will need to win both matches to earn a spot at the Olympic Qualifier.
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.
At the Pan-American Olympic Qualification Tournament in Ottawa in March 2020, Pye lost his opening round match 0-10 to Ricardo Adrian Baez of Argentina. He finished 11th in the 86 kg weight class.
As per Wrestling Canada Lutte (WCL) wrestle-off procedures, Brown-Theriault, of the Carlton wrestling club, had the opportunity to defend his number two position at 86 kg, but declined participation.