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2011-10-17

Wrestling Canada Lutte Announces Nominated Team for the 2011 Pan American Games


Wrestling Canada Lutte confirmed the athletes and coaches nominated to Team Canada for the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Athletes nominated to the team include Carol Huynh (Hazelton, BC) who will be competing in the women’s freestyle event at 48 kg. Huynh is the 2008 Olympic Games, 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2007 Pan American Games and 2005 World University Games champion and three-time World medalist and will be competing in her second Pan American Games.

Veteran team member Tonya Verbeek (Beamsville, ON), a two-time Olympic medalist, will be competing in the 55 kg category. Winning a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and a bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at 55 kg, she is a medal hopeful at this year’s Games.

Leading the men’s team will be 2008 Olympian, two-time national champion and two-time Pan American bronze medalist Matthew Gentry (Vancouver, BC) at 74 kg. Gentry will be joined on the men’s freestyle team by veteran Khetag Pliev (Toronto, ON) at 96 kg.

Supporting the team will be an accomplished list of coaches and medical staff who collectively have a number of years of multi-sport Games experience. “The team, including athletes, coaches and support staff, represent some of the best in Canadian wrestling,” says Wrestling Canada Lutte Executive Director, Tamara Medwidsky. “We go into the Pan American Games with high expectations in terms of performance and anticipate that the experience gained in Guadalajara will be invaluable leading towards the final preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games.”

Wrestling Canada Lutte confirmed that Ohenewa Akuffo (Brampton, ON) and Haislan Garcia (Coquitlam, BC) withdrew due to injuries.” It is unfortunate for Ohenewa and Haislan and our team, but we’re confident in the team we have at the Games and their chances for strong team and individual performances”, said Executive Director, Tamara Medwidsky. Pending confirmation from the Canadian Olympic Committee, Leah Callahan from Calgary, AB will step in at women’s 72 kg and Ryan Lue from Guelph, ON will be the alternate in men’s freestyle 66 kg.

The wrestling events at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara will feature 14 weight categories (seven freestyle and seven Greco-Roman) for men and four freestyle weight categories for women at the CODE II Gymnasium from October 20-24. The full 2011 Pan American Games team for wrestling includes:

Women’s Team (FW)

48 kg – Carol HUYNH (Calgary, AB)
55 kg – Tonya VERBEEK (Beamsville, ON)
63 kg – Justine BOUCHARD (Wetaskiwin, AB)
72 kg – Leah CALLAHAN (Calgary, AB) *pending confirmation
Women’s Head Coach – Leigh Vierling

Men’s Freestyle Team (FS)

55 kg – Steven TAKAHASHI (London, ON)
60 kg – Ryley WALKER (Saskatoon, SK)
66 kg – Ryan LUE (Guelph, ON) *pending confirmation
74 kg – Matt GENTRY (Vancouver, BC)
84 kg – Jeffrey ADAMSON (Saskatoon, SK)
96 kg – Khetag PLIEV (Toronto, ON)
120 kg – Sunny DHINSA (Abbotsford, BC)
Men’s Freestyle Coach – Kimin Kim

Men’s Greco-Roman Team (GR)

66 kg – Shawn DAYE-FINLEY (Eastern Passage, NS)
84 kg – Eric FEUNEKES (Fredericton, NB)
96 kg – Korey JARVIS (Guelph, ON)
Men’s Greco-Roman Coach – Don Ryan

Support Staff

Team Leader – Chris Stefopulos
Physiotherapist – Jessica Pawlik
Referees – Ron Moncur & Jim Mitchell

Interviews with individual athletes and coaches leading up to the Pan American Games can be arranged by contacting Wrestling Canada Lutte Executive Director, Tamara Medwidsky, at (613) 748-5686 or tamara@wrestling.ca. Interviews during the games can be arranged via the Team Canada Media Attaché on-site at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara.

About Wrestling Canada Lutte

Wrestling Canada Lutte is the national sport governing body for Olympic style wrestling in Canada. The association liaises with the provincial sport governing bodies, its major training centers, leads implementation of a long term athlete development model, and is responsible for the selection and preparation of all of Canada’s teams which compete in the World Championships and major multi-sport Games, including the Olympic Games.

For more information, please contact:

Tamara Medwidsky
Executive Director
Wrestling Canada Lutte
613-748-5686 x.3
tamara@wrestling.ca
www.wrestling.ca

Jackie Skender
Media Attaché
comm@rowingcanada.org



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