Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Defending Champion Erica Wiebe Wins Wrestling Gold at Commonwealth Games

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Defending Champion Erica Wiebe Wins Wrestling Gold at Commonwealth Games

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Erica Wiebe wins gold at Commonwealth Games

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GOLD COAST, Australia - Canadian wrestler Erica Wiebe defended her 76-kilogram Commonwealth Games crown Thursday, defeating Nigeria's Blessing Onyebuchi to win gold.

The 28-year-old from Stittsville, Ont., who also won Olympic gold in Rio, beat opponents from Sierra Leone and England en route to pinning the Nigerian in the freestyle gold-medal match.

"I didn't do my best out there, but I love when I'm down," said Wiebe, who trains out of Calgary. "I love when there is pressure. I always come to play.

"It was great to pin her and put away the match ... I feel great to be a double Commonwealth medallist."

In all, Canada won two gold, a silver and a bronze on the first day of the wrestling competition.

Diana Weicker of St. Catharines, Ont., also won gold in the 53-kilogram Nordic class at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre. …

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