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Wrestlers hopeful of strong presence in Scotland

Our leading wrestlers are already focused on pinning down places on Team South Africa at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland later this year, writes Mark Etheridge.

As matters stand, the SA Wrestling Federation have qualified no less than 12 grapplers for the Games and the final decision now rests with SASCOC as to how many will make the final cut.

“We had the Commonwealth Championships in Johannesburg in December last year and did very well,” says SAWF president Sakkie Bosse.

“We know wait to see how many wrestlers will make the team.

“What is exciting is that a good couple of our young wrestlers came through for us and we are already working towards qualifying for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, 2016.”

Only the freestyle and women’s categories will be contested at this year’s Games, there’s no Greco-Roman participation on this occasion.

Wrestling brought back five medals (four silvers and a bronze) from the last games in New Delhi, India four years ago but sadly those grapplers have since dropped out of contention.

“Not one of those guys are involved in the sport at international level anymore,” says Bosse. “But we still hope to do well at the Games and names to remember are Marno Plaatjies and Bokang Masunyane, two of our young development wrestler with a lot of potential to win medals.”

The 12 wrestlers who have achieved the qualifying standards for Glasgow are:

Men: Masunyane, Plaatjies, Terry van Rensburg, Gerald Meyer, Armando Heitbrink, Justin van Zyl and Adem Digovich. Women: Mpho Madi, Jeannie Coetser, Zumicke Geringer and Refilwe Molongwane.