Canadian wrestlers set to compete at Francophonie Games in France

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

(Ottawa, ON) The 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie are set to begin in Nice, France, and Canada is sending a good crew of wrestlers to compete against other French countries from September 8 to 10.

Sunny Dinsha, of Abbotsford, BC who recently won a bronze medal at the FILA Junior World Championships, will be wrestling in the 120kg weight class. Notably, Steven Takahashi, of London, ON will be competing in the 55kg weight class and Cleo Ncube of Montreal, QC in the 74kg weight class will be among the leaders of the Canadian team at this important event.

In the women’s wrestling, Michelle Fazzari of Hamilton, ON in the 59kg tournament will be one of the headliners of the Canadian delegation, along with Danielle Lappage of Innisfail, AB wrestling in the 63 kg weight class and Stacie Anaka of Victoria, BC to take the mat in the 67kg tournament.

The Canadian team will be coached by three-time Olympic medallist and Wrestling Canada’s Talent Identification coach, Tonya Verbeek. The delegation will cross the Atlantic Ocean from Canada to France on September 4, and return following the wrestling competition.

Two other teams from Canada will also be competing at this event, with Quebec and New Brunswick each fielding a team as official francophone provinces in Canada. Olympian Martine Dugrenier and Victor Zilberman will coach the Quebec delegation, while Don Ryan and Michel Cote will coach the New Brunswick squad.

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COMPETITION SCHEDULE - 2013 JEUX DE LA FRANCOPHONIE (Nice, FRA)
Sept 7: Medical and Weigh-In FS 55, 66, 84; FW 48, 55
Sept 8: Competition FS 55, 66, 84; FW 48, 55 / Medical and Weigh-In FS 60, 96; FW 51, 59, 67
Sept 9: Competition FS 60, 96; FW 51, 59, 67 / Medical and Weigh-In FS 74, 120; FW 63, 72
Sept 10: Competition FS 74, 120; FW 63, 72

CANADIAN WRESTLERS - TEAM CANADA

Men
55kg: Steven Takahashi (London, ON / London-Western Wrestling Club)
60kg: Mike Asselstine (Edmonton, AB / Bears Wrestling Club)
66kg: CJ Hudson (St. Catharines, ON / Brock Wrestling Club)
74kg: Cleo Ncube (Montreal, QC / Montreal Wrestling Club)
84kg: Alex Brown (Ottawa, ON / National Capital Wrestling Club)
96kg: Riley Otto (Halifax, NS / London Western Wrestling Club)
120kg: Sunny Dhinsa (Abbotsford, BC / Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club)

Women
48kg: Jasmine Mian (Guelph, ON / Dinos Wrestling Club)
51kg: Vanessa Brown (Calgary, AB / Saskatoon Wrestling Club)
55kg: Brianne Barry (London, ON / London-Western Wrestling Club)
59kg: Michelle Fazzari (Hamilton, ON / Brock Wrestling Club)
63kg: Danielle Lappage (Innisfail, AB / Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club)
67kg: Stacie Anaka (Victoria, BC / Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club)
72kg: Justina Di Stasio (Burnaby, BC / Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club)

Coaches
Tonya Verbeek
Saeed Azarbayjani

CANADIAN WRESTLERS - TEAM NEW BRUNSWICK

Men
66kg: Morgan St-Laurent (Halifax, NS / Black Bears Wrestling Club)
74kg: Shawn Daye-Finley (Halifax, NS / Black Bears Wrestling Club)
84kg: Grayson St-Laurent (Halifax, NS / Black Bears Wrestling Club)
96kg: Tom MacRae (Halifax, NS / Black Bears Wrestling Club)
120kg: Charles Thoms (Halifax, NS / Black Bears Wrestling Club)

Women
55kg: Samantha Stewart (London, ON / Black Bears Wrestling Club)
59 kg: Brittany Dillman (Halifax, NS / Black Bears Wrestling Club)

Coaches
Don Ryan
Michel Cote

CANADIAN WRESTLERS - TEAM QUEBEC

Men
55kg: Jake Renning
60kg: Vince Demarinis
66kg: Scott Schiller
74kg: Nariman Irankhah
84kg: Jordan Steen
120 kg: Patrick Okpalugo

Women
48kg: Renilda de Dios
59kg: Liz Sera
63kg: Linda Morais
72kg: Veronica Keefe

Coaches
Martine Dugrenier
David Zilberman

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