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Coquitlam wrestler the lone Canadian selected for 2022 World Cup

Karla Godinez Gonzalez's season record — and current fourth-place world ranking in her weight class — has earned her another chance to compete on a big stage.
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Coquitlam wrestler Karla Godinez Gonzalez competes for Canada in United World Wrestling events. She won bronze at the 2022 world championships on Sept. 13, 2022.

Recent success for Karla Godinez Gonzalez has earned her another opportunity to take on the best wrestlers on Earth.

While wearing the maple leaf with pride, the Coquitlam athlete has been tapped to represent the All-World team at the 2022 World Cup later this year.

The 24-year-old will look to build on her success from the world championships in September, when she captured a bronze medal in the 55 kg women's weight class.

The win propelled Godinez Gonzalez to fourth in the world for her division from 24th prior to the tournament in Serbia, according to United World Wrestling — the global governing body for the sport.

Barring any injuries or unforeseen circumstances, Godinez Gonzalez will be the only Canadian that'll compete at the World Cup.

She's set to join a squad consisting of 10 athletes from nine different countries that did not qualify as a team for the tournament, and hope to upset other top-tier wrestling nations.

The All-World Team on the women's freestyle side is scheduled to take on Japan, China, Mongolia, Ukraine and the United States, who are hosting the two-day event.

Qualifications for each nation were determined based on overall team results from this year's world championships.

Godinez Gonzalez is hoping to win a fourth medal in as many international meets for 2022.

The Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club member won gold at the Senior Pan-American Games in May and silver at a July tournament in Tunisia.

Prior to joining Team Canada overseas, Godinez Gonzalez captured the National College Women's Wrestling Coalition (NCWWC) national championship in her 116-pound category.

The 2022 World Cup is set to take place Dec. 10 and 11 in Coralville, Iowa.

Meanwhile, Karla's sister, Ana Godinez Gonzalez, will be competing for a bronze herself at the under-23 world championships in Spain.

The 23-year-old is currently holding a 2-1 record in the 62 kg division, winning her qualification and quarter-final matches before falling in the semis.

She'll look to make the podium tomorrow (Oct. 21) at around 9 a.m. Pacific time.

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