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1st Gov. Diri National Wrestling Classics Kick-off In Yenagoa



Francis Joseph

The first-ever Governor Douye Diri National Wrestling Classics has kicked off in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital with athletes from all over the federations fighting for honours.

In the day one of the national wrestling classic on Friday, Bayelsa state sport Academy, Asoama stood out from the rest as they won four gold medals and one bronze in the U-15 boys category.

Leigha Doubra of Bayelsa Sports Academy in the 38th kg Freestyle event defeated James Perezidei of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) team to land gold, while Tari Timidei (Kano State) and Abdullahi Isah (Bauchi Sate) settled for bronze.

In the 48th kg class, TrustGod Binakama of Bayelsa Sports Academy added another gold with Kelvin Zige of Team Kano – whom he defeated in the final – settling for silver. Perez Egbe (Bayelsa State) and Taiwo Dele (Ogun State) both won bronze.

However, in the 52kg class, Edo State’s Vasco Timiebiepre overcame Kelvin Welson of Team Delta to land gold, while Perekowei Justice (Bayelsa State) and Ayoola Lekan (Ogun State) both settled for bronze.

The gold medal reign continued for the Bayelsa sports academy Asoama in the Greco Roman events as they also claimed two of the three gold medals available.

Matthias Soba of Bayelsa Sports Academy won gold in the 52kg category at the expense of Team Bauchi’s Opukeme Ebi, while Clever Undonipre (Oyo State) and James Joseph (Nasarawa State) both won bronze.

Still on the gold medal haul for Bayelsa Sports Academy, Nicholas Africanus of the Academy claimed gold in the 44kg class, with silver going to Solomon Aiyebakereye of Team Bayelsa. Obodo david (Ebonyi State) and Shomoye Emmanuel (Ogun State) both won bronze.

In the 38kg weight class, Adebisi Feranmi of Team Lagos defeated Ayedun Cyrus of Team Ogun in the final to land gold, with the bronze medals going to Millionaire Righteousness (Bayelsa State) and Kelvin Oikan (Bayelsa Sports Academy).

Actions will continue today (Saturday) to Tuesday 3rd of May 2022 with Olympic Silver medalist, Blessing Oborududu expected to grace the mat before the end of the national classics.

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