Commonwealth champion reclaims title

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By Solomon Nwoke
Yenagoa The Greco Roman style of wrestling concluded Wednesday night in the ongoing Governor Henry Dickson Seriake Wrestling Championship at the Indoor Sports Hall of Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa lived up to its billings as it witnessed an upset in the 74kg weight class.

The reign of national champion and bronze medalist in the African Championship, 2010 in Egypt in the weight class, Pere Fegha Keriben of Bayelsa state ended when an upcoming wrestler, Emmanuel Ninore from CrossRiver state dethroned him. Equally, Edo state born Commonwealth Games champion, Joe Efianeyi Agbonevbare reclaimed his title in the 84kg weight category which he lost early in the year to DeltaState’s Soso Tamara in Warri.

Wrestlers size each other during a bout.

Wrestlers size each other during a bout.

Delta state maintained the lead  in the Greco Roman wrestling, winning three gold, two silver medals and a bronze while they were closely followed by their arch rivals, Bayelsa which  also won three gold, a silver and three bronze medals for the second place.

Plateau  placed third with two gold and bronze medals apiece, just as Cross Rivers state won a gold and a silver medal to occupy the fourth place. Interestingly, the rave of the maiden EK Clark Wrestling Championship, Soso Tamara of DeltaState was pushed to the second place in the 96kg weight class by Paul Ikpon of plateau state who reigned as the champion of the 120kg class in the Warri championship.

While in the120kg weight class, the Commonwealth Games Bronze medalist, Tabalara Manman of Plateau came first ahead of Tosin Odumosun of Delta state just as Samuel Ebikabowei of Bayelsa placed third. Reacting to the results yesterday, Technical Director of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF),  Damian Ohaike expressed happiness with the performance of the wrestlers saying, the result shows that the future is bright for the sport.




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