Canadian wrestlers battle for a spot at the Pan-American Olympic Qualification Tournament.
Canadian Women Wrestlers Entries
Canadian women wrestlers have captured six medals over the past four Olympics, and will be looking to return to the podium in 2020.
Jessie MacDonald has been the top 50 kg wrestler at the past two Canadian Championships. The 34-year-old is a three-time World Championship medallist. She’ll be looking to fend-off recent U23 World Championship bronze medallist Jade Dufour and internationally experienced Natasha Fox to qualify for her first Olympics.
2018 Senior World Championship bronze medallist Diana Weicker will be looking to maintain her spot on the national team. Her Brock teammate Jade Parsons and Black Bears wrestler Samantha Stewart will be wrestling to unseat the 30-year-old Weicker.
The 57 kg weight-class is crowded with World Championship medallists. Linda Morais, 2019 Senior World Champion at 59 kg, appears to be moving down to compete at 57 kg. She’ll have to take on 2018 U23 World Champion Alexandria Town and 2019 U23 World Championship bronze medallist Hannah Taylor. Tianna Kennett is also coming off a bronze medal at the U23 World Championships at 59 kg.
Olympian and 2017 World Championship bronze medallist Michelle Fazzari will be looking to make her return to the national team after sustaining an injury at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The 20-year-old Ana Godinez was the top finisher at the 2019 Canadian Championships, ahead of Jessica Brouillette and Braxton Stone-Papadopoulos.
Only four athletes have entered the 68 kg weight-class. Olympian and 2018 World Championship bronze medallist Danielle Lappage is expected to take on Olivia Di Bacco. The two have gone head to head for the 68 kg national team spot for the past two years. Di Bacco won the 2018 Women’s Team Trials to take the 68 kg spot, but in 2019 Lappage won two straight matches in their Senior Worlds wrestle-off.
Olympic Champion Erica Wiebe will likely have to faceoff against 72 kg 2018 World Champion Justina Di Stasio. Wiebe has gotten the better of Di Stasio in their recent matches. The two most recently wrestled in June at the 2019 Canada Cup, where Wiebe won 7-5.