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Burnaby wrestler looks to win extra match to compete for bronze at 2022 worlds

Justina De Stasio won her first match, but took a loss in her second.
Burnaby's Justina Di Stasio (top) during the 2022 World Championships in Serbia.

Justina Di Stasio won't be wrestling for a gold medal, but she's hoping to come home with some hardware. 

The Burnaby product won her opening qualification match today (Sept. 13) at the 2022 World Championships in Serbia, beating Thi Ling Dang of Vietnam 10-1. 

In her second match, the 29-year-old was in tough against Samar Amer Ibrahim Hamza, but couldn't muster enough to down the Egyptian and lost by a score of 3-1. 

With the 1-1 record over two matches, Di Stasio missed out on the quarterfinals and was placed in the Repechage draw, where she'll face off against Martina Kuenz of Austria on Wednesday (Sept. 14). 

If Di Stasio wins, she would wrestle for bronze against Estonia's Epp Maee. 

She previously won gold at the 2018 World Championships in the 72 kg category. 

And last month, Di Stasio finished on top of the podium at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the 76 kg women's freestyle wrestling category.

She defeated Hannah Rueben of Nigeria in the final, and ended with a perfect 3-0 record.

Di Stasio, who lives in Coquitlam, has several other medals to her name, including gold at the 2019 Pan-American Games, as well as four more gold from past Pan-American Championships. 

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