July 14, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (Team Canada) (ISN) – Freestyle wrestler Stacie Anaka of Coquitlam, B.C., claimed Canada’s second podium on the mat at the 27th Summer Universiade Sunday night with a bronze medal performance in the 67-kilogram weight class.
Anaka reached the podium on the final day of freestyle wrestling after defeating Natalya Palamarchuk of Azerbijian with technical points, 3-1. Earlier in the day, the Simon Fraser University student lost her first bout 6-4 to Japan’s Sara Dosho 6-4 in the quarter-finals but was able to qualify for the bronze match through the repechage side of the draw when Dosho advanced to the final.
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“It’s a good day,” said Anaka after receiving her medal. “It’s always nice to win a medal for your country and seeing the flag raised up. It would’ve been nicer if it were a gold medal. But I wrestled hard today and I felt pretty confident.”
A night earlier, Erica Wiebe of Stittsville, Ont., claimed bronze in the 72-kilogram class. Since 2005 when women’s wrestling made its debut in the FISU Games, Canadian athletes have claimed eight medals (two gold, two silver and four bronze).
Anaka, who is currently seventh in the FILA world rankings, has had an impressive 2013. She also claimed gold in the weight class at the Pan Am championships.
“Our Canadian women’s wrestling team has been pretty successful at FISU and internationally,” said Anaka, who only competed twice in the day after receiving a bye in the first round. “So just to be able to represent Wrestling Canada and Canada here was a big honour.”
Dosho defeated Nasanburmaa of Mongolia in the gold medal bout. Alina Stadnik of Ukraine won the second bronze medal handed out in the weight class.
Other Canadians in action included Elizabeth Milovitch-Sera of Winnipeg, Man., and Diana Ford of Kentville, N.S.
Milovitch-Sera defeated Josimara Julho of Brazil in the first round, before losing in the quarter-final 4-0 to Allison Ragan of the United States and 5-0 to Ayaka Ito of Japan in the repechage.
Ford, who also received a bye to the quarter-finals, lost 5-0 to Hikari Sugawara of Japan before losing to Anzhela Dorogan of Azerbaijan, 4-0, in the repechage.
Wrestling competition continues tomorrow at the FISU Games in the Greco-Roman style. Canada is not entered in the event.
ALL-TIME CANADIAN MEDALS IN WRESTLING AT THE UNIVERSIADE:
2005 (Izmir, Turkey): Carol Huynh (48kg Freestyle)
2005 (Izmir, Turkey): Ohenewa Akuffo (72kg Freestyle)
2005 (Izmir, Turkey): Lyndsay Belisle (51kg Freestyle)
2005 (Izmir, Turkey): Tonya Verbeek (55kg Freestyle)
1981 (Bucharest, Romania): Clark Davis (90kg Freestyle)
2013 (Kazan, Russia): Erica Wiebe (72kg Freestyle)
2013 (Kazan, Russia): Stacie Anaka (67kg Freestyle)
2005 (Izmir, Turkey): Breanne Graham (59kg Freestyle)
2005 (Izmir, Turkey): Stefanie Howorun (67kg Freestyle)