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U23 bronze moves Coquitlam wrestler up to fifth in world rankings

Ana Godinez Gonzalez reached the podium in Spain this week to win the sixth international medal of her career.
Coquitlam's Ana Godinez Gonzalez (left) won a bronze medal in the 62 kg weight division at the 2022 U23 world wrestling championships in Spain.

The Godinez Gonzalez sisters are continuing to make their stamp on the wrestling world.

Ana has added to her résumé with the sixth international medal in her young career, not long after Karla was selected to compete in the 2022 World Cup.

Ana, 23, captured a bronze medal on Friday (Oct. 21) in the 62 kg women's division at the 2022 U23 World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain.

The hardware has ascended the Coquitlam athlete to become the fifth-ranked wrestler in the world for her weight class — a six-spot improvement from her former 11th placing.

Godinez Gonzalez compiled a record of 3-1 to reach the podium at the tournament.

With a double leg takedown and turn, the Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club member defeated Poland's Paulina Malgorzata Danisz to win bronze by superiority and a score of 11-0.

Her loss came one match earlier in the semi-finals to eventual-champion Nonoka Ozaki of Japan via 10-0 victory by superiority.

Unfortunately, the setback meant Godinez Gonzalez would not be able to defend her U23 gold medal. She went undefeated (4-0) at the 2021 meet.

Godinez Gonzalez beat Yagmur Cakmak of Turkey in a victory by superiority decision, 14-4, in the 2022 quarter-finals.

She won her qualification bout on day one — a 9-0 victory-by-points shutout over Kazakhstan's Irina Kuznetsova.

It's the third medal of the 2022 campaign for Godinez Gonzalez after claiming gold in the same weight division at the Senior Pan-American Championships in Mexico and a silver at the Commonwealth Games in England.

Since coming onto the scene for United World Wrestling — the global governing body for the sport — she's won two gold, two silver and two bronze for Team Canada.

Karla to World Cup

Meanwhile, Karla Godinez Gonzalez will look to add another medal, and some valuable experience, on one of the biggest mats of her wrestling career this winter.

The 24-year-old has been tapped for the 2022 World Cup as part of the all-international squad, which is a 10-member team consisting of athletes from countries that didn't qualify for the tournament.

She'll represent a total of nine nations in the 55 kg women's weight class when she heads to the circle in Coralville, Iowa, and will be the only Canadian competing.

The All-World Team on the women's freestyle side is scheduled to take on Japan, China, Mongolia, Ukraine and the host United States.

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

Godinez Gonzalez jumped to fourth-place world ranking for her division after winning a bronze medal at the tournament in Serbia, which was the third international hardware of 2022 to date.


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