Braxton Stone-Papadopoulos

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Braxton Stone-Papadopoulos
Braxton Stone-Papadopoulos at 2015 Pan Am Games.jpg
Stone-Papadopoulos at 2015 Pan Am Games showing her gold medal
Personal information
Nationality Canadian
Born (1995-06-23) 23 June 1995 (age 23)[1]
Scarborough, Ontario
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Sport
Sport Freestyle wrestling
Club Team Impact Wrestling Club
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking 2

Braxton Stone-Papadopoulos (born June 23, 1995) is a Canadian wrestler. She won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She has been in competition with fellow world champion teammate Justine Bouchard. She has been ranked number 2 in the world.[2]

Early life[edit]

She initially earned a black belt in taekwondo by age 10.[3] She started wrestling at age 10 and was coached initially by her uncle Stan Tzogas who had coached at the Olympic level.[4]

Career[edit]

She won the bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[5] Following the games, she made the decision to move up a weight class to 63-kg after she experienced difficulty reaching the 58-kg weight limit.[6]

At the 2015 2015 Pan American Games she won the gold medal in 63 kg category, defeating Katerina Vidiaux of Cuba 7-3.[7]

In September 2015 Stone-Papadopoulos qualified a quota for Canada for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after placing fifth in the 63 kg category at the senior world championships.[8] Ultimately, she was not selected to compete for the country at the 2016 Games.

In 2017, she won a silver medal at the 2017 World U23 Wrestling Championship in the 63 kg category. She defeated Petra Olli, Germany's Luzie Manzke and Moa Nygren of Sweden en route to the gold medal match, where she lost due to a last-moment throw by the winner, Ayana Gempei of Japan.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelly, Brad (2016-06-19). "Q and A with Pickering Pan Am Games wrestler Braxton Stone-Papadopoulos". durhamregion.com. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Wrestling Canada Lutte Wrestlers to Compete on Tours to Colorado Springs and Paris". Wrestling Canada Lutte. 
  3. ^ Beneteau, Josh. "Stone Cold Braxton – The Eyeopener". theeyeopener.com. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Braxton Stone-Papadopoulos". olympic.ca. 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Ewing, Lori (2014-07-30). "Canada's hot streak continues at Commonwealth Games". theglobeandmail.com. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Buffery, Steve (2015-07-18). "Worth the weight for Braxton Stone-Papadopoulos". ottawasun.com. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  7. ^ McGran, Kevin (2015-07-17). "Canada wins two more Pan Am gold medals in women's wrestling". thestar.com. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Pickering wrestler Braxton Stone-Papadopoulos qualifies for Olympic Games". durhamregion.com. 2015-09-20. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Pickering's Braxton Stone-Papadopoulos wrestles way to silver at U23 world championships". durhamregion.com. 2017-11-24. Retrieved 2018-02-21.