Canadian wrestling team selected for the 12th FISU world university wrestling Championship

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    Canadian wrestling team selected for the 12th FISU world university wrestling Championship
    15 student-athletes who will represent Canada at the 12th FISU world university wrestling championship. The event will be held in Corum, Turkey, Oct. 25-30

    Team Canada is headlined by the UNB’s Samantha Stewart (London, Ont.) and Alyssa Cleaves (St. Stephen, N.B.). A two-time U Sports wrestling champion, Stewart won bronze at the 2014 world university championship in the 55 Kg division, while Cleaves earned gold in the 48 Kg event at the 2016 CIS Championship en route to being named women’s outstanding wrestler.

    A pair of Pan American Games medalists are also making the trip to Turkey. Simon Fraser’s Justina Di Stacio (Burnaby, B.C.) took home a silver medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and Western’s Steven Takahashi (London, Ont.) captured bronze at the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Takahashi also represented Canada at 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, along with Concordia’s Jordan Steen.

    More than half the of the roster is made up of national team athletes, in addition to three members of the reigning U Sports champion Brock Badgers.

    Canada won a combined eight medals at the 2014 world university championship and 2013 Universiade.

    Don Ryan, president of Wrestling Canada, and head coach of the UNB wrestling team, will serve as Team Leader in Turkey.

    He will be joined by two-time Olympian David McKay (1984, 1988), 2008 Olympian and Concordia assistant coach David Zilberman, and Western University assistant David Spinney. Rick Lau rounds out the group as the team’s medical staff.

    Canadian Roster

    Name                           University                   Hometown                  Academics

    Brianne Barry              York                            London, Ont.               Economics
    Jessica Brouillette        Brock                          North York, Ont.         Sociology
    Allyssa Cleaves            UNB                           Sault Ste Marie, Ont.    Civil Engineering
    Justina Di Stacio          Simon Fraser                Burnaby, B.C.              English
    Veronica Keefe            Concordia                    Summerside, P.E.I.      Arts & Science
    Linda Morais               Concordia                    Windsor, Ont.              Arts & Science
    Emily Schaefer             Brock                           Sarnia, Ont.                  Math & Science
    Samantha Stewart        UNB                            London, Ont.                 Education
    Jevon Balfour               Brock                           Scarborough, Ont.        Arts
    Amarveer Dhesi           Oregon State                Surrey, B.C.                 Sociology
    Jordan Steen                Concordia                    Montreal, Que.             Arts & Science
    Steven Takahashi         Western                       London, Ont.               Health Science
    Dillon Williams               Durham College          Mississauga, Ont.         Fire Fighting
    Caleb Rutner                Western                      Winnipeg, Man.               History
    Alexander Thoms        UNB                            Lake Charlotte, N.S.        Kinesiology

    Team Leader: Don Ryan (UNB/Wrestling Canada)
    Coaches: David Zilberman (Concordia University), David Spinney (Western University), David McKay

    Medical Staff: Rick Lau

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