Rio 2016: Canadian wrestler Erica Wiebe to fight for gold

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WATCH ABOVE: Global’s Brendan Parker visited the Riverstone pub where locals cheered on Olympic wrestler Erica Wiebe, who lives and trains in Calgary – Aug 18, 2016

Wrestler Erica Wiebe won her semifinal match and will go on to fight for gold Thursday afternoon in the women’s 75kg freestyle wrestling competition.

It was a hard match between Wiebe and her opponent Vasilisa Marzaliuk in the semifinal, with several attempts but not a lot of action.

In the first period, Marzaliuk received a caution which led to Wiebe scoring a point.

Early in the second period, Wiebe went low, pulling Marzaliuk down and pinning her, for two points. She then successfully fended off attacks from her increasingly desperate opponent until the clock ran out. She won 3-0.

Wiebe will face Kazakhstan’s Guzel Manyurova in the gold medal match at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Decisive wins

Wiebe also breezed through her quarterfinal match against China.

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The Chinese wrestler Fengliu Zhang scored the first two points of the match, grabbing Wiebe’s leg and forcing her to the mat. Wiebe, from Stittsville, Ontario, came back in the second period, forcing Zhang backward and out of bounds.

Soon after, Zhang managed to knock Wiebe to the ground, but the Canadian quickly rolled to end up on top and held her opponent down to score two points and move into the lead.

Another attempt by Zhang to go low and pull Wiebe to the mat went awry, as Wiebe once again got the upper hand by spinning as she fell, forcing Zhang down for the win.

The decision was made by points: 5-2 for Wiebe.

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