The Canadian Wrestling Trials were held in Niagara, Ontario from December 5-7th. After winning the women's 68 kilogram class, a huge 2020 is on the horizon for Danielle Lappage from Olds.
A wrestler from the town of Olds has taken a big step towards qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Danielle Lappage made it past four opponents to win the women's 68 kilogram class at the Canadian Wrestling Trials in Niagara, Ontario.
In the finals, the 29 year old took on Ontario's Olivia Di Bacco.
The final lasted three grueling matches. Lappage was able to regroup after dropping the first bout 8-5.
She rallied to win the second match 9-0 and then took the third one 4-2.
Lappage explains what her reaction was to winning the 68 kilogram class at the Canadian Wrestling Trials.
There were a few supporters in her corner for the big event in Niagara, Ontario.
Her phone and social media have been filled with congratulatory notes since the win on Saturday, December 7th.
Lappage now moves on to the Ottawa 2020 Olympic Qualification Tournament in March and at that international event she will have to be one of the top two in her weight class order to be nominated to Team Canada for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
She expects to face some unfamiliar opponents in Ottawa.
Lappage's Olympic debut took place in Rio back in 2016, but her opening match that year wound up being cut short due to injury.
Between now and the Ottawa 2020 Olympic Qualification Tournament in March, Lappage says the only tournament she will participate in will take place in Rome.
United Wrestling World hosts a 2020 Ranking Series event in Rome, Italy from January 15-18th.
(Photo via @WrestlingCanada Twitter account)