Erne Wrestling Club sent six athletes to Nottingham, England for the English Junior Wrestling Championships - and after some superb performances four came home with medals and two first time competitors gained invaluable experience.

Impressive progress

Darragh Love continued his impressive progress in wrestling by winning the gold medal in the Under 20 division at 74kg.

Matthew Crozier finished the day with the bronze medal also in the Under 20 division at 86kg. A very good result as he has had a schedule which involves a lot of travel between school and home to get his training in.

Ewan McDowell continues to drive for success in his relentless effort to understand the sport of wrestling and its technical aspects. He always puts in the extra work and it has paid off in achieving the silver medal in the Under 13 category.

Superior athleticism

Naoise McManus again showed her superior athleticism and flexibility while learning this sport. She secured the bronze medal in a very tough field of Under 15.

This was Ben and Jamie Edgar’s first trip to the mainland to compete and one of the toughest tournaments. They came up short for the medals but gained experience to help them to really know what it takes in the sport of wrestling.

Coaches, Bruce Irwin, Alex Edgar and help from the experience of Ivan Enchev, guided the squad through the day along with some of the parents who continually support the club.

Next up for the club is the return of the St Patrick’s Tournament which Erne Wrestling Club is hosting this Saturday, March 18, in the club facility. This is the Southwest Academy of Sport, Creamery Business Park on the Dromore Road in Irvinestown.

It has been a few years since the club has hosted this event but it will start a new drive to bring awareness of one of the greatest sports in history, to our area.

For those wishing to enter, visit the Erne Wrestling Club facebook page for details or reach out to the club. Spectators are welcome and the action starts at about 10am.


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