Canadian wrestlers clean up on Commonwealth mat

Brittanee Laverdure of Canada (left) and Ifeoma Nwoye of Nigeria grapple during their women's...

Brittanee Laverdure of Canada (left) and Ifeoma Nwoye of Nigeria grapple during their women's freestyle 55kg wrestling semifinal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on Thursday, July 31, 2014. (Andrew Winning/Reuters)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:56 PM ET

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - Wrestling was out. A sport which had been part of the Olympics from the very beginning had been bounced.

Last February, the IOC voted to remove the sport from the 2020 Olympics and onwards.

“It was pretty sad. I'm not going to say I didn't cry about it because I did. I cried for all the young wrestlers,” said Danielle Lappage of Olds, Alta., who joined Tamerlan Tagziev of Toronto as the final two Canadians to win gold medals and complete a remarkable medal haul here in wrestling.

Fourteen events. Twelve medals.

Seven gold. Two silver. Three bronze.

It was wonderful stuff to experience as the two enjoyed their moment for everything it was. But if wrestling wasn't at future Olympics that wouldn't have been the case at future Commonwealth Games, said Lappage.

“In terms of those young athletes, those young wrestlers coming up and not getting that chance ...

“This stuff, wouldn't be as exciting,” she said of the Commonwealth Games this year and next year's Pan-Am Games in Toronto.


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