August 23, 2004 - Athens,
Greece -Canada's Tonya Verbeek (Beamsville, ON / Brock University) made history
as she captured a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics at 55kg becoming Canada's
first female wrestler to win an Olympic medal.
In the Gold Medal Match she dropped a 6-0 decision to the two-time defending world Champion Saori Yoshida from Japan. Yoshida has now won 16 international events never dropping a decision outside of Japan.
"We are all very proud of Tonya's outstanding accomplishments at the Olympics," said Brock University wrestling coach Richard Deschatelets. "This is a very proud moment for Canadian women's wrestling, Brock University, and the Niagara Wrestling Club. She personnifies what it takes to be a true champion at the highest level of competition through her dedication, commitment and hard work."
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