Brock’s MacDonald captures gold medal at World Wrestling


Source: Brock Sports Info

Strathcona County, Alberta – Brock University women’swrestler Jessica MacDonald, a native of Windsor, Ontario, captureda gold medal in the 51kg weight class at the 2012 Women’s WorldChampionships tonight at the Millennium Place.

MacDonald joins a select group of Canadian wrestlers to win goldat the worlds and made history tonight becoming Brock WrestlingClub’s first ever World Champion.

“Brock University is very proud of Jessica’s gold medalperformance tonight on Canadian soil,” said Brock Director ofAthletics Robert Hilson. “She has demonstrated excellence over thepast few years internationally and to capture gold and becomeBrock’s first ever World Champion is something she will rememberforever. She joins an elite group of Canadian wrestlers to reachthis accomplishment.”

MacDonald opened the day with a 2-0 victory over the defendingworld champion Zamira Rakhmanova from Russia winning (2-1, 7-0) toadvance to the semi-finals. In the semis, MacDonald defeatedIndia’s Kumari Babita in two straight rounds by scores of (6-0,4-2).

In the gold medal match against China’s Yanan Sun, the firstever match between the two, MacDonald got behind 1-0 early in roundone and scored with 30 seconds left to win 1-1. In round two,MacDonald trailed 2-0, but answered with the final four points forthe 4-2 victory and the world title.

“Jessica had a phenomenal performance in all three matches todayat the world championship,” said Brock wrestling head coach MartyCalder. “She has worked so hard to reach her goal and to be part ofit is very special.”

This is MacDonald’s second straight world championship medal asshe captured bronze in Istanbul (2011). She also captured a bronzemedal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

At 59kg, Brock’s Michelle Fazzari lost her opening match inthree rounds (0-1, 1-0, 1-3) to Mongolia’s Munkhtuya Tungalag.

Brock wrestling is Canada’s top wrestling program over the past20 years having captured 15 CIS National Championships and 30 OUAChampionships. They have produced seven Olympians, includingthree-time Olympic medalist Tonya Verbeek and now a World Champion,Jessica MacDonald.

Scott Harrigan
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