Mission’s Alexia Seal (second from left) poses with competitors after winning gold in her division at the 2017 Pan-Am Junior Wrestling Championships. / Richard Immel Photo

Mission’s Alexia Seal wins Pan-Am gold

Local wrestling star earns top spot at wrestling event

The gold medals just keep coming for Mission’s Alexia Seal.

The Grade 12 Mission Secondary student continued her strong 2017 wrestling season with a gold medal at the junior Pan-Am Wrestling Championships in Peru last weekend.

Competing in the 44 kilogram division, Seal won both of her matches on Saturday to earn the gold. She defeated Mexico’s Ramona Paez Cruz 16-14 in the semifinals before taking down Columbia’s Laura Rubio Perez by a score of 14-4 in the final. The match with Cruz was also named the best match at the event.

She had previously earned bronze medals at the past two Cadet Pan-Am Championships, before moving up to the junior division for this year.

The event was the first in what will be a long summer of grappling for Seal. She will also head to the Junior World Wrestling Championships in Finland and the Canada Games in Winnipeg.

Seal’s younger sister Tori Seal, an accomplished wrestler in her own right, heads to the Cadet Pan-Am Championships in Argentina later this month, the Canada Games and then the Cadet World Wrestling Championships in September.

Earlier this year both Tori and Alexia dominated at the BC High School Wrestling Championships, and then at the Cadet/Juvenile Wrestling Championships, winning gold medals in their respective division.