Vancouver's Dhinsa wins bronze at junior wrestling world championship
Gold medal winner Canada's Sunny Dhinsa, top, and Tervel Dlagnev from the United States compete during the men's wrestling freestyle 120 kg at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. (AP / Arnulfo Franco)
Published Sunday, August 18, 2013 8:43PM EDT
SOFIA, Bulgaria - Vancouver's Sunny Dhinsa won bronze at the FILA junior world championship on Sunday, bringing Canada's medal count to three at the event.
Wrestling in the 120-kilogram weight category, Dhinsa defeated Georgii Gagaev of Russia for third place on the final day of competition.
"We are very proud of the way Sunny wrestled today," said Tonya Verbeek, Canada's talent identification coach, and a silver-medal winner at the London Games. "He followed the game plan and executed his attacks effectively."
Dhinsa began the day with a 4-0 victory over Andriy Vlasov, but lost his second match to the eventual world champion, 8-0 by technical superiority.
"I had a tough side of the draw," Dhinsa said. "I told myself this morning I just had to bring the heat, and focus one match a time to win a medal for Canada."
With a repechage system in place, Dhinsa was given a second chance and re-entered the tournament. He downed Slim Trabelsi of Tunesia 7-0 in the two-period match, earning him a spot in the bronze-medal match.