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Follensbee comes within win of national wrestling bronze medal

Former Moose Jaw Kinsmen Wrestling club standout draws reigning Olympic champion Wiebe in opening bout
The Yamniuk brothers weren’t the only recent national competitors with local ties, as former Kinsmen Wrestling Club standout Taylor Follensbee came within a single win of a bronze medal at the Senior Canadian Wrestling Championships during the Mar. 23 weekend.

The draw was anything but kind to the former national World University championship competitor, as she ended up facing reigning Olympic champion Erica Wiebe in her first-round match. Wiebe would take a 10-0 technical fall win, but that would be the last blemish on Follensbee’s record until the bronze medal match.

Follensbee proceeded to roll through her next two opponents in the repechage, defeating Rebekah Trudel of Burnaby, B.C. by fall at 1:27 in her next match before taking 2:26 to pin Toronto’s Dejah Slater in the semifinal.

The bronze medal match ended up a hard-fought battle, as Follensbee – now wrestling out of the Saskatoon Wrestling Club – would go on to drop a 13-5 decision to Brandon’s Leah Ferguson.

Reigning world champion Justina Distasio would defeat Wiebe 3-0 in the gold medal match.