Bronze medallist Jordan Steen was one of three Concordia Stinger wrestlers who had strong performances at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia last week.
Wrestling at 97 kg, Steen of Tecumseh, Ont. was dominant in his first two matches, defeating Leon Rattigan of England 10-0 and Umair Ahmad of Pakistan 11-0.
In the semifinals, he ran into a tough opponent in Martin Erasmus of South Africa. Steen lost 12-2 but had earned a place in the bronze medal match.
The fourth-year student-athlete had no trouble with New Zealand’s Samuel Belkin who he defeated 10-0.
Vince De Marinis of Pierrefonds, Que. finished in fourth place in the 65 kg weight class. He defeated Mehrdad Tarash of Australia 12-1 and Abdul Wahab of Pakistan 10-0 in his opening matches.
The fifth-year student-athlete lost to Bajrang of India by a score of 10-0 in the semifinals. He went on to wrestle in the bronze medal match versus Nigeria’s Amas Danziel. De Marinis lost in the final seconds. It was 4-4 in points but the win was awarded to Danziel.
Stinger rookie Alex Moore of Montreal competed at 86 kilos and he also finished in fourth place.
He won his first two matches, beating South Africa’s Michael Gaitskill 12-2 and Kevin Wallen of Jamaica10-0. He lost by fall to Pakistan’s Muhammad Inam in the semifinal. He battled hard in the bronze medal match but lost 7-3 to Somveer of India.
With 82 medals, Canada finished fourth out of 71 nations and territories represented at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.