By Solomon Nwoke, Warri
BAYELSA and Ondo states were so outstanding in the female free style wrestling of the Chief E K Clark wrestling championship concluded Saturday in Warri, Delta Sate.
Bayelsa emerged tops even as they shared equal number of gold and silver medals with Ondo who finished second. Both states won three gold medals and a silver apiece, but Bayelsa came tops with two bronze medals.
Cross Rivers State placed third with two gold medals while Delta was fourth with a gold, a silver and a bronze. The Nigeria Army and Imo state were fifth and sixth respectively.
Speaking shortly after the championship, the coach of Bayelsa state wrestling team , Ebikebina Sunday said he was elated that his girls were able to live up to their expectation and promised that in the subsequent competitions, they would put up a better performance. In his usual manner of speaking, he said he expected nothing less than eight gold medals from the men’s free style wrestling.
”I’m expecting nothing less than eight gold medals because I know the calibre of the male wrestlers that I brought here. They are tested wrestlers with much experience and exposure to international wrestling. So we are much grounded in free style wrestling than the Greco Roman wrestling”, he said.