York Lion Alexandria Town earns silver for Canada at Pan-American Wrestling Championships
In an impressive showing, returning York University Lions wrestler Alexandria Town took home some hardware for Canada on the international stage recently. The native of Scarborough, Ont., walked away with the silver medal in the 57-kilogram weight class at the 2021 Pan-American Championships in Guatemala.
Donning the maple leaf on her chest, Town produced exceptional results at the tournament. She went 2-1 in the opening rounds of the tournament to qualify for the semifinal, where she earned a victory via technical fall over her American opponent Cameron Guerin.
In the final, Giullia Rodrigues Penalber De Oliveira pinned Town to earn gold. The Brazilian was the only wrestler to beat Town in the tournament's competition.
Town, who will pursue a teaching degree at York this fall, is no stranger to representing Canada on the international stage. She has achieved notoriety as a prominent senior wrestler internationally, earning multiple medals at events around the globe. The highlight of her achievements was winning Canada's first-ever gold medal at the U23 world championships in Romania in 2018. She also finished 12th at her first senior world championships and was third at the Canadian Olympic trials in 2019.
Town is looking to lead a Lions women's wrestling program that is poised to make a splash in the coming years.
The Lions were nationally ranked for most of the 2019-20 season and had an impressive showing at the year-end championships, as Bailey Agard and Brea Rodgers won OUA silver medals and then Agard went on to claim a bronze at the U SPORTS championships while Rodgers was named the OUA's rookie of the year. The addition of Town strengthens the team and positions the Lions as contenders for next season.