Emily Kessler, Canada Cup Champion

Published On: June 28, 2016

Guelph, ON – Winnipeg’s Emily Kessler won gold at the Canada Cup this past weekend in Guelph, Ontario. Kessler, a wrestler with the University of Winnipeg Wesmen, competed in the women’s 55kg weight class. The event welcomed wrestlers from around the world, including the U.S., Cuba, Germany and Japan.

Though she had no outcome-related goals going into the tournament, Kessler said she had a few new things she wanted to try out in competition. “Winning gold was a bonus this weekend,” Kessler said, “I wrestled some very tough matches and regardless of the outcome, I feel I came out on top. I focused on controlling my emotions during my matches and wrestling as hard as I could for six full minutes.”

Wesmen coach Adrian Bruce said, “I’m pleased with Emily’s progress and level of commitment to her training; it seems to be starting to transition into her competitive results.”

What’s up next for the young wrestler? “Our short-term goal is to carry the momentum from her recent results on to the Spanish Grand Prix in a couple weeks’ time,” said Bruce. Kessler said she’s feeling confident going into the competition in Madrid, “I am looking forward to competing against international athletes and learning new things from those competitors. It can only go up from here for me! And I’m very excited for my journey.”

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