MONTREAL – David Tremblay, a fourth-year athlete from StoneyPoint, Ont., earned a berth in the freestyle wrestling competitionat the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
The 24-year-old Leisure Sciences student won the 55 kg weightclass at the 2012 FILA Pan American Olympic Qualifying Tournamentin Kissimmee, Fla., yesterday.
In the final, he defeated Brandon Escobar of Honduras 4-0 and7-0 to win the weight class and earn the spot in the Olympics.Since the top two finishers in the tournament qualify for London,Escobar also advances.
Tremblay had a bye in the opening round and then defeated YerzonHernandez of Columbia 6-0, 7-0 in the semifinals.
“I was very excited last night but today I’m alittle tired,” said Tremblay when reached in Florida onMonday morning. “I knew since December that this tournamentwas the first step in qualifying. This is what I’ve beenpreparing for. The CIS nationals were part of what I used toprepare.”
He won his fourth consecutive gold medal at the universitynationals on Feb. 25 in Thunder Bay, Ont. His efforts helped theConcordia men’s team win a second straight nationalchampionship.
Tremblay will enjoy a few days off in Florida before returningto Montreal. Then he will sit with Concordia head coach VictorZilberman and map out a plan to get ready for London. His event isscheduled for Aug. 10.
Martine Dugrenier, a former Stinger wrestler who is now a coachin the program, also earned a place in the London Olympics with afirst-place finish in the women’s 63 kg weight class. Shedefeated Sandra Roa of Columbia and Dailane Gomes of Brazil toreach the final. Cuban wrestler Katerina Vidiaux was scheduled tomeet Dugrenier in the final but pulled out due to injury.
This will be Dugrenier’s second Olympic competition. Shefinished fifth at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Dugrenier’s competition is scheduled for Aug. 8.
Concordia Sports Info