Wiebe and Lappage strike gold at Poland Open
WARSAW, Poland – Erica Wiebe and Danielle Lappage each won gold at the final women’s Ranking Series event of the year, the Poland Open.
The Calgary Dinos Wrestling Club teammates are both gearing up for the Senior World Championships which take place October 20 to 28 in Budapest, Hungary.
Wiebe, 29, took gold at 76 kg with a decisive 7-0 victory over Aline Focken of Germany. Wiebe, of Stittsville, Ont., also defeated 2017 World Champion Yasemin Adar of Turkey in the semifinal.
Wiebe’s closest match of the tournament came in the quarterfinal, where she defeated Vasilisa Marzaliuk of Belarus 6-5.
Lappage, of Olds, Alta., won gold in the 65 kg weight class with a 3-2 defeat of Finland’s Petra Olli. Olli recently captured gold at the 2018 European Championships.
The 27-year-old Lappage cruised through her first two rounds with technical superiorities over American Forrest Molinari and Belarusian Krystsina Fedarashka. She followed up with a 4-1 semifinal defeat over Czech Adela Hanzlickova.
— Erica Wiebe (@ericawiebe) September 9, 2018
The only other Canadian medallist at the event was Brock Wrestling Club’s Jessica MacDonald at 50 kg. MacDonald, 33, defeated Olympian and 2017 World Championships silver medallist Alina Vuc of Romania in the bronze medal match.
MacDonald’s Brock teammate Diana Weicker narrowly missed out on a medal at 53 kg. Weicker was defeated 6-10 in the bronze medal bout to Germany’s Nina Hemmer.
Olivia Di Bacco, also of Brock Wrestling Club, fell in the opening round of the 68 kg weight class to American Tamyra Mensah.
On the men’s side, heavyweight Amar Dhesi defeated Spain’s Jose Cuba Vazquez by technical superiority in the first round of the 125 kg weight class. Dhesi went on to lose to Poland’s Kamil Kosciolek in the quarterfinal.
Michael Asselstine, 65 kg, of the Edmonton Bears Wrestling Club lost by technical superiority to USA’s Jordan Oliver in the 1/8 final.
At 74 kg, Jevon Balfour of Brock Wrestling Club fell in the quarterfinal 1-7 to Andrzej Sokalski of Poland.