Veterans Garcia and Lappage claim titles at Non-Olympic Trials
GUELPH, Ont. – The World Team Non-Olympic Weight Trials took place at the W.F. Mitchell Athletics Centre at the University of Guelph.
The trials were being used to select non-Olympic weight class spots on the 2018 World Championship team.
Danielle Lappage dominated the 65 kg weight class. The Calgary Dino beat two of her opponents by technical superiority and the other with a pin to claim the title.
Lappage, a 2016 Olympian, was coming off a tough loss at the Women’s Team Trials, where Olivia Di Bacco beat her at 68 kg.
“I have a great coach and support system, they helped me get refocused and re-excited for this chance and this trials,” said Lappage.
“I thought it was really important for me to get another World Championship under my belt. I want to prove to myself that I can perform there.”
Three-time Olympian Haislan Garcia will make his return to the Canadian national team. Garcia won the 70 kg weight class with a win over Vince De Marinis.
Jade Parsons, of Brock Wrestling Club, defeated Abby Lloyd and Cara Nania to take the win at 55 kg.
Saskatoon Wrestling Club’s Hunter Lee, who competes at the junior age group, won at 92 kg. Lee’s victory capped off a successful week for him and his brother Carson, who finished 5th at the Cadet World Championships earlier this week.
Scott Schiller qualified for his first senior team with a win at 61 kg. He beat Aso Palani in the second round to clinch first place.
All event winners:
61 kg – Scott Schiller – Montreal YMHA
70 kg – Haislan Garcia – Team Impact
79 kg – Jasmit Phulka – Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club
92 kg – Hunter Lee – Saskatoon Wrestling Club
55 kg – Jade Parsons – Brock Wrestling Club
59 kg – Linda Morais – Montreal YMHA
65 kg – Danielle Lappage – Calgary Dinos Wrestling Club
72 kg – Justina Di Stasio – Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club
Guelph will host Canada Cup tomorrow, which will feature 120 wrestlers from Canada, USA, Russia, China, Mongolia, Benin and Algeria.
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