It's been an exciting end to the 2013 season. In December I wrestled and won in the world's most iconic stadium, Madison Square Gardens and also at home in the Jack Simpson at the U of C.
Wrestling in MSG was a great experience. We were part of an NCAA men's duals event and so I'm used to be outnumbered in the sport of wrestling but being 1 of 4 girls out of close to 200+ wrestlers was something that I couldn't get used it! However being a showcase match for women's wrestling our job was to put on a good show so I got to work and took care of business.
I was wrestling a tough and familiar opponent but me and my coach, Leigh prepared well and came up with a very specific game plan. I went out and implemented it and came out with the win 5-2!
The next weekend, Calgary was hosting the Nordhagen Classic, an all-women's international wrestling event! Christine did an amazing job with her team and put on an outstanding tournament. I have never wrestled a better group of international competition at home in Calgary.
I loved this event because it was an all-women's tournament and Christine does the extra touches making it "girly and fun" just because.. we're wrestlers but we're girls too!
For the 'medalists' we got charm bracelets and the winners took home lululemon bags as the prize! It was finally a real incentive to bring home the gold! Just kidding :)
I wrestled hard defeating two Germans and a Hungarian and won the tournament without giving up a single defensive point. I also took home the outstanding wrestler award!
Overall, an awesome end to an awesome year and I will write up a full review in the coming days!
Cheers till then!
Erica Wiebe is a Canadian freestyle wrestler and Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Calgary. Her passion for wrestling and writing combine in the words of this blog, sprinkled with a strong opinion on certain matters and a hint of feminist thrown in for good measure.