NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Team USA went 1-1 during the exhibition International Battle at the Falls Women’s Wrestling Duals at the Gale Centre on Friday.
The U.S. beat Ukraine, 16-13, before falling to powerful Canada, 18-10.
Women’s wrestling has been an Olympic sport since 2004 and Friday’s event was an attempt to boost the sport’s bid of convincing the International Olympic Committee of including the sport, along with the men, in the 2020 Games. Men’s wrestling has been a staple of the modern Olympics since 1896.
Former Section VI boys wrestling champion and state runner-up Carlene Sluberski went 1-1 in her matches Friday. The Fredonia graduate won her final match of the day, beating Natasha Kramble of Canada, 10-0, after dropping a 15-3 decision to Ukraine’s Maria Livach at 105 pounds.
Veronica Carlson at 147.5 pounds recorded the only other U.S. win against Canada. Defending world champion Jessica MacDonald of Canada blanked Jessica Medina of the U.S., 10-0.
Against Ukraine, the United States won four of the seven matches against Ukraine with all matches during the bout settled via decision. Katherine Fulp-Allen earned an 8-6 win at 121 pounds over Irina Husyak. Alli Ragan beat Natalya Synyshyn, 12-4, at 130 pounds, Elena Pirozhkova beat Ganna Vasilenko, 10-0, at 138.75 pounds and Brittney Roberts beat Katerina Burmistrova, 5-4, at 158.5 pounds.
Canada also beat the Ukraine, 20-11, during the event.