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Canadians eliminated from freestyle wrestling

08/12/2012 08:17 EDT | Updated 10/12/2012 05:12 EDT
Two Canadians lost their men's wrestling quarter-final wrestling matches Sunday at the London Games and were eliminated from medal contention after losing their repechage matches.

Haislan Veranes Garcia of Burnaby, B.C., fell to Cuba’s Livan Lopez Azcuy 1-0, 0-1, 1-0 in his 66-kilogram match.

Garcia of Coquitlam, B.C., had advanced with a walk-through in the preliminary round, then won his second match over Tajikistan’s Zalimkhan Yusupov. He lost his third bout to Japan's Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu 0-1, 1-0, 5-0.

Yonemitsu went on to win the gold medal against India's Sushil Kumar.

In the 96-kilogram weight class, Toronto’s Khetag Pliev was defeated by Uzbekistan’s Kurban Kurbanov in the repechage.

Earlier, Pliev dropped his second match 1-0, 1-0 to American Jacob Varner. In his first match, Pliev came back from an 0-2, 0-2 hole to defeat Cuba's Javier Cortina Lacerra.

"I'm not very pleased with the result. Obviously with the next match I could've competed for a medal, but I'm still happy that I came and I am here," Pliev said. "I performed and the overall experience was great. It's been a long road to get here and I am very proud to represent Canada."

Varner took the gold medal, defeating Valerii Andriitsev of Ukraine 1-0, 1-0.

Both Canadian wrestlers earned spots in the repechage round after their last opponents qualified for their respective finals.

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