Six current and former Concordia Stingers wrestlers have been named to Canada’s entry at the 2018 World University Wrestling Championship beginning today in Goiania, Brazil.
Alumnus Linda Morais, who was a three-time all-Canadian with the Stingers, is the lone returning athlete from the 2016 World University Championship. She captured gold two years ago in the 60 kg weight class, one of Canada’s six medals at the event.
Joining Morais on the women’s team are current Stingers Jade Dufour and Laurence Beauregard.
The men’s squad features Concordia’s Vincent De Marinis, who completed his five years of university eligibility last February, and Alex Moore, a current Stinger who competed for Canada at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
The final Concordia athlete representing Canada is Francis Carter, last year’s U SPORTS men’s outstanding wrestler. He was also a nominee for the BLG Award for U SPORTS Male Athlete of the Year.
In total Canada is sending 16 athletes to the competition. Concordia coaches Victor Zilberman and Rob Moore are also part of the national contingent.
The 2018 championship runs Sept. 4-9. It is organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), an organization that governs worldwide sports competitions for student-athletes between the ages of 17 and 28.