The opening day on the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series wrestling occasion in Rome noticed Canada’s rivals declare three medals, together with a pair of gold.
Reigning Olympic champion Erica Wiebe dominated opponent Samar Amer Ibrahim Hamza of Egypt 10-Zero within the 76-kilogram gold medal match, whereas fellow Canadian Michelle Fazzari additionally took house gold within the girls’s 62-kg division with a 2-1 win over Marianna Sastin of Hungary.
Wiebe, who gained gold on the 2016 Olympics, scored within the remaining moments of the match to safe the medal. The Stittsville, Ont., native beforehand gained bronze on the Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers and Coaches Memorial in Ukraine final month.
The 31-year-old booked her ticket to the Tokyo Games ultimately yr’s Pan Am Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
“This tournament has some of the best wrestlers in the world,” Wiebe mentioned. “It’s a good check in on where I’m at in my preparations. I’m still getting the kinks out, but overall, I’m happy with how I wrestled.”
WATCH | Olympic-bound Wiebe claims gold medal in Rome:
Fazzari had already overwhelmed Sastin earlier within the day with a 5-Three round-robin win. The Hamilton, Ont., native is aiming to safe her second Olympic berth.
“I think I wrestled pretty well,” Fazzari mentioned. “This tournament acted as a good opportunity to find out where we are, what we need to work on, and filling in those gaps. Getting used to the whole process, the warmup, the nerves, and how I feel mentally and physically on the mat.”
Olivia Di Bacco of Orillia, Ont., rounded out the day with a comeback victory towards American Alexandria Glaude of their 68-kg bronze medal match, scoring pivotal takedowns within the second half.
Action continues on Saturday with Canadian wrestlers Amar Dhesi, Diana Weicker and Samantha Stewart set to compete. The occasion contributes in the direction of seeding factors on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
WATCH | Fazzari takes house gold in 62-kg division: