International wrestling competition continues for Cody Pfau
Citizen Telegram Sports Editor
Cody Pfau is finding out how different people from around the world can be.
She’s finding that out wrestling and all of her on-mat accomplishments are giving her a chance to see the world.
Pfau is currently competing on a team that’s associated with USA Wrestling. It’s a spot she earned through some of the club tournament finishes she garnered last year. And she’s done a decent job so far, as the Grand Valley High School graduate finished fifth in the Austrian Ladies Open this past weekend in Goetiz, Austria.
Despite finishing fifth in the 12-wrestler tournament this past Saturday, Pfau had a 4-1 overall record during her first tournament on European soil. It featured a round-robin pool format with each wrestler in each pool going against each other, and Pfau won her first three matches.
Her loss, however, dropped her into the fifth-place match, which she won handily.
“Even though it’s older women and my first time wrestling Europeans, I know I should have beaten the girl I lost to,” Pfau said.
Pfau lost by pin to Lenka Matejova of Czechoslovakia, which dropped her into the tournament’s fifth-place match.
The 18-year-old Pfau has made a name for herself around the world of wrestling. She won her weight class in the Canadian Cup last June, won a national title in Fargo, N.D., last July and won a silver medal in Maracaibo, Venezuela, at the Pan Am Games.
In February, she became the first female in Colorado to win a first-round match at the state wrestling championships in Denver. She hasn’t stopped since then, winning recognition from the Sportswomen of Colorado not long afterward.
Pfau has returned home, but has another big tournament coming up. Her victory in the 48-kilogram weight class at the FILA Junior Women’s Freestyle Nationals in Florida on May 12 earned her a trip to the World Championships in Bulgaria from Aug. 11-16.
In the meantime, Pfau’s enjoyed hikes around the Alps and walks around castles that are hundreds of years old with her teammates, some of whom she said share her passion for wrestling.
“Wrestling is my life, and I can see there are a few people out there that feel as strongly as I do,” she said.
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