By Solomon Nwoke, Warri
Bayelsa State Greco Roman Coach, Ebikebina Sunday Thursday said that many wrestlers and officials were yet to master the new rules in the event, adding that wrestlers especially those from his state were losing bouts here in Warri to their ignorance.
And with three gold medals, a silver and three bronze medals, Delta state, host of the Chief E K Clerk Wrestling championship maintains the lead in the Greco Roman style of wrestling event that was concluded last night at the Brown Hill Events Centre.
Edo state was second with two gold medals and a silver while Bayelsa state, who boasted of cleaning out all the available gold medals at stake, struggled to place third with a gold medal, Four silver and two bronze medals. Lagos was fourth with a gold and two silver medals.
The most exciting aspects in the Greco Roman wrestling were in three weight categories; 55kg, 74kg and 120kg where the reigning champions were beaten.
In the 55kg weight class, the reigning champion, Nnalue Dominic of Delta was pushed to the third place by Lagos state’Segun Adebamwo who won it and Ibomo Seimiengha of Bayelsa who was second. Emmanuel Nwori of Benue state was so outstanding in his weight class 74kg. He solely sponsored himself to the competition to represent his state and beat all his contem-poraries to the first position. Olalekan Salami of Oyo state was second while Erekpo Adio of Good Luck Ebele Jonathan Club came third.
Delta state’ Soso Kamarau was spectacular in the 96kg weight class as he left no stone unturned right from the beginning to finish. He dethroned the Commonwealth Games reigning Champion, Joe Agbanevbari of Edo state in the first bout. The second place went to Bayelsa state’Ebis Akeme while InnocentAgba of FTC placed third.
Paul Ikpon of Plateau state retained his title in the 120 Weight Category with Bayelsa state’ Samuel Ebika placing second and Tosin Odumosa of Delta state placed third.
Ebikebina Sunday blamed the team’s lack luster performance to the new rules which he said were still strange to them.
He said, “ it is not easy with the new rules. The rules of wrestling have change and it affected everybody both wrestlers and referees alike. They were not conversant with the new rules, so there were lots of confusion in scoring points to the appropriate wrestler”.