Lakehead University wrestling sensation Nicole Plummer continued her winning ways by taking gold for Canada in the 72 kg weight class at the Junior Pan American Championships held in Cuenca, Ecuador on Saturday. Plummer, entering her junior year in Business Administration at Lakehead, prevented a US gold medal sweep as she was the only non-American gold medal winner at the championships. Team USA took gold in the other seven weight classes to claim the team championship with Canada second.
The win for Plummer is also notable as she wrestled at 72 kg, 10 kg less than her normal weight class in CIS wrestling. The win was also very noteworthy for the Windsor, Ontario native due to the altitude challenge as Cuenca is situated in the Andes Mountains at 2600 metres (8500 feet) above sea level.
Lakehead Head Wrestling Coach Owen Dawkins said Plummer keeps on adding to an already great season. “Nicole has had an incredible year and has worked very, very hard. Winning at 72 kg, an Olympic weight category, bodes very well for her future in Canadian and International wrestling.”
Plummer is two-time defending OUA champion and was CIS silver medalist this past season and CIS bronze medalist last year in her freshman season. She was second at the Canadian junior championships this year and took gold last year.