Add another silver onto the pile for Canada.
Tonya Lynn Verbeek took home a silver for her efforts in the Women’s 55kg Freestyle Wrestling competition after being defeated by Japan’s Saori Yoshida in the gold medal final.
Verbeek put up a good fight but got taken down heavily and pushed out of bound by Yoshida in the first round, giving her an insurmountable 3-0 lead for the round. In the second, Verbeek was again taken down out of bounds by Yoshida, but her team threw the Challenge Brick (actually a thing) saying that it was, in fact, Yoshida who had first gone down out of bounds. The ruling on the mat was upheld, however, which cost Verbeek yet another point for losing a challenge. The 2-0 deficit was too much for Verbeek, who just couldn’t seem to get any sort of takedown game going, and she was defeated 2-0 (3-2, 2-0).
It was a bittersweet finish for the 34-year-old and is yet another non-gold for Canada at these Games. But, a medal is a medal and Yoshida is considered one of the most dominant wrestlers in the world, so perhaps this was a foregone conclusion.
However, I think we can all agree that the real story here is the discovery of the Challenge Brick, dropped at the side of the mat to signify a challenge from a wrestler’s team. I think the NFL should adopt the Challenge Brick, I’d love to see Rex Ryan have to chuck a brick onto the field every time he wants to complain about something.