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Wolfville-area wrestler captures gold at freestyle wrestling championships in Massachusetts

Makalya Levy, 17, brought home a gold medal after competing at the freestyle wrestling championships in Massachusetts recently.
Makalya Levy, 17, brought home a gold medal after competing at the freestyle wrestling championships in Massachusetts recently. - Contributed

Wolfville-area resident Makayla Levy won the Women’s 130-pound High School division on June 10 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

WOLFVILLE, NS - Seventeen-year-old Wolfville native and two-time Canadian freestyle champion Makayla Levy outscored her opponent five-to-one to capture gold in an U.S. competition recently.

Levy won the Women’s 130-pound High School division on June 10 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Prior to entering this tournament, Levy represented Canada, and competed in her first international tournament, at the United World Wrestling Pan-American Games in Guatemala on May 25-27, where she placed eighth.

Levy said that she felt good going into the competition, as she had been preparing hard for the tournament in Guatemala and continued with the same energy for the week leading up to the competition in Massachusetts.

“I felt ready by the time that the tournament came around and was ready to bounce back because of my fall back in Guatemala,” said Levy. “The loss just pushed me to work harder than before and to change things.”

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Levy will represent Canada again in Zagreb, Croatia July 2- 8 at the upcoming World Cadet Championships, and is excited to have yet another opportunity.

“I’m really excited to be given another chance to represent Canada, as well as Nova Scotia and the Valley at the World Championships in Zagreb in July,” said Levy.

In early April Levy gained her second national title after winning gold at the U17/U19 Canadian Wrestling Championships in Edmonton.

Along with Levy, 16-year-old Kingsburg, Nova Scotia native Elias Wile also earned gold at the tournament in Massachusetts in the Men’s 145 lbs High School Division, outscoring his opponent 10-0.

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