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Wrestling Canada Lutte announces Hall of Fame Class of 2024

April 02, 2024

OTTAWA – Wrestling Canada Lutte (WCL) is pleased to announce the two individuals who will be joining the WCL Hall of Fame as the class of 2024. This year’s inductees are Michelle Fazzari and Dave McKay who will both enter the Hall in the athlete category.

“WCL is proud to announce the individuals who are entering the Hall of Fame as the class of 2024. Both Michelle and Dave had excellent careers as competitors and continue to give back and inspire the next generation of wrestlers. I wish to extend my personal congratulations to both Michelle and Dave for this well-deserved honour,” said Tamara Medwidsky, WCL CEO.

Michelle Fazzari

Michelle Fazzari captured numerous national and international medals in the 2010s and represented Canada at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Fazzari won a World bronze medal in 2017 and a Commonwealth Games silver in 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. Prior to that, she was a two-time Pan-American (Pan-Am) Championships gold medallist, a World Cup gold medallist and a Francophone Games gold medalist. She concluded her career with a gold medal at the Matteo Pellicone Tournament in 2021. Domestically, she was a multiple-time national champion and a three-time CIS champion.

Dave McKay

Dave McKay built up an impressive list of accomplishments in the 1980s, including a pair of Olympic appearances in 1984 in Los Angeles and 1988 in Seoul. Among his career highlights, McKay won a gold medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, a World Cup bronze medal in 1985, two Commonwealth Championships gold medals in 1981 and 1987 and represented Canada three more times at the World Championships. Domestically, he was a three-time national champion (1986-88) and the 1983 NAIA national champion. McKay continues to give back to the sport as a coach where he has coached an Olympic Champion and multiple World Champions.

The Wrestling Canada Lutte (formerly Canadian Amateur Wrestling) Hall of Fame was established in 1975 to recognize outstanding achievement and contribution to Olympic wrestling in or for Canada. There are two categories of membership in the Hall of Fame: the Athlete Category, which formally recognizes the achievements of those wrestlers who have represented Canada at major international competitions or Games; and the Builder Category which formally recognizes the contribution, leadership and abilities of those individuals who participate in the development of wrestling. This category is open to any individual who has served or is serving wrestling as a coach, an official, an administrator, a manager or a combination of these functions.

The induction for Fazzari will take place at the 2024 Canadian Wrestling Championships (U19, U17, U15), April 6th in Mississauga, Ontario, while McKay will be honoured on May 25th at the 2024 Canadian U23 Wrestling Championships and World Team Trials (Non-Olympic Weights), in Calgary.