Jasmit Phulka at the Pan American Olympic Qualifier (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
AMES, Iowa -- The Cyclone Regional Training Center has picked up a big commitment. Kevin Dresser announced Monday that Canadian Olympic team member Jasmit Phulka will be joining up with the C-RTC as a resident athlete.
"We are very excited to add Jasmit to the Cyclone RTC," Dresser said. "He comes to us as the number one guy in his country at 74 kilograms. He brings a reputation as a tireless worker and a guy who is only getting better. I know he will make all of those around him better. He will join us before the first of the year."
"The Cyclone Regional Training Center is a perfect fit for me," Phulka said. "I get great training partners and an awesome coaching staff that will get me to the next level. I cannot wait to book my ticket to Tokyo and represent the C-RTC at the 2021 Olympics."
Phulka has cemented himself as a true contender on the world stage at 74 kilograms, regarded by many as the toughest weight class in all of wrestling at the moment. Most recently, Phulka took bronze at the 2020 and 2019 Pan American Games.
2018 proved to be a springboard for Phulka's Senior Level career. Already a Canadian cadet and junior world team member, Phulka won the City of Sassari Tournament, took third at the Mongolia Open and then finished runner-up at the Grand Prix of Spain. All three results came within a six-week span.
Phulka has represented the Canadian world team over the past three years at 74 and 79 kilograms. He will be looking to secure the Canadians a spot at 74 kilograms in the 2021 Olympics at the World Last Chance Qualifier in April.