Former Brock wrestler and Badgers assistant coach Tonya Verbeek pinned a silver medal in London today — her third career Olympic medal — and the distinction of being Canada’s most decorated woman wrestler.
“Today, Tonya cemented her legacy as one of the greatest female wrestlers in Canadian history,” said Robert Hilson, Brock University Director of Athletics. “She provided the Brock University and Niagara community with a day they will remember for the rest of their lives.”
Hundreds gathered at Isaac’s Bar and Grill on campus to watch Verbeek as she took on Japan’s Saori Yoshida, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and nine-time world champion, in the 55-kilogram category. Decked out in red Brock t-shirts and waving banners proclaiming their support, staff and students had their eyes fixed to TVs as Verbeek, 35, clinched her spot on the podium.
She finished the 2012 Games with a 3-1 record, posting victories over India’s Geeta Geeta, Tetyana Lazareva of Ukraine and Colombian Jackeline Renteria Castillo.
Verbeek wrestled her way to silver in Athens in 2004 and won bronze in Beijing in 2008. She also has three world medals.