Miranda Dick

SFU Clan wrestler Miranda Dick

Dick wrestles to gold at world championship

July 24, 2008

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By Scott McLean

SFU Clan wrestler Miranda Dick left it all on the mat, marching through the field to claim a gold medal for Canada at the 8th World University Wrestling Championship in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The Kamloops native won three straight matches at the event, sponsored by FISU, the Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (International University Sports Federation).

She defeated Poland’s Malgorrzata Kruza 2-0, 4-1 in the final to seize the top medal in the 55-kilogram division.

Dick was one of four SFU wrestlers competing at the meet, while Clan men’s wrestling coach Justin Abdou is a member of the Team Canada coaching staff.

“Miranda finished off a great university career by winning a world title,” says Abdou of Dick’s accomplishment. “It’s astonishing to look at the season she has put together, winning at both Canada West and the CIS meets, being named the MVP of both those competitions and now winning a world university title.

“She demonstrated her maturity as a wrestler (July 11), making adjustments in the final two matches and coming up with two hard-fought victories.”

Team Canada finished out of the medals on the men’s side. Clan wrestlers Raj Virdi (55 kg), Bo Gregson (88 kg) and Arjan Bhullar (120 kg) all represented Canada, with Bhullar finishing as the top Canadian in fifth place at the competition.
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