12/7/19

A Successful Test Event for the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society

The Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society was proud to co-host a successful Canadian Wrestling Trials alongside Canada Wrestling Lutte and Brock Wrestling Club. The Canadian Wrestling Trials, hosted at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, saw 143 athletes compete to keep their Tokyo 2020 Olympic dreams alive.

On the opening day of competition, fans witnessed one of the oldest competitive sports in action. 22 Greco-Roman wrestlers competed to finish in the top spot of their weight class, with only six athletes securing a spot to compete at the Pan American Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March. John Yeats of the Tristar Wrestling Club took home all the hardware of the night, including the Outstanding Greco-Roman Wrestler award.

Sold out crowds on the second day of competition witnessed 121 wrestlers compete, beginning with the preliminary rounds in the morning session. 76 freestyle and 45 women’s wrestlers battled it out on the two mats in the Fallsview Theatre to earn their ticket to the semi-finals. With another sold-out crowd in attendance for Friday night’s semifinals, the wrestling matches did not disappoint. Intensity was at an all-time high as wrestlers were fighting to compete in Saturday’s finals with hopes to finish at the top of their weight class.

The Canada Games have been a major stepping stone for many of the competing athletes at this years Canadian Wrestling Trials. More than a quarter of the athletes competed or coached in a Canada Games, and half of the freestyle and women’s wrestling finalists were Canada Games Alumni.

It was another action-packed night for Saturday’s finals. With Tokyo 2020 on the line, athletes had no other choice than to bring out their A-Games and leave everything on the mat. After thrilling matches, six freestyle and six women’s wrestlers will continue their road to Tokyo after earning their right to compete at the Pan American Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March. The Outstanding Freestyle Wrestler was awarded to Dillon Williams of Team Impact, and Linda Morais of the Montreal Wrestling Club took home the award for Outstanding Women’s Wrestler. Both Williams and Morais competed in the 2013 and 2009 Canada Games, respectively. Five Canada Games Alumni, including Morais and Williams, will also represent Canada at the Olympic Qualifiers.

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Over the last three days, spectators from near and far came out to celebrate and cheer on Canada’s top wrestlers. It won’t be long before fans witness more wrestling in the Niagara Region. In August 2021, Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games wrestling athletes will compete at the newly built Canada Games Park, where fans can also watch box lacrosse, athletics, beach volleyball and volleyball.

Things are only beginning to pick up for the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society. To keep the momentum going and excitement brewing, the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games Host Society will continue to co-host multiple test events in preparation for August 2021. Stay tuned for more announcements.

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