What a performance from our Seniors at this year’s African Championships! With the first taste of Senior Gold since Heinrich Barnes last took the top spot on the podium in 2009! Martin Erasmus made it clear this year that his formidable opponent from Nigeria’s Soso will not deny him a gold again by beating him twice in one competition. KleinJan Combrinck also took top honors this year. With both these wrestlers in the Team South Africa Commonwealth Games team we can expect some fireworks on the mat at the Gold Coast aswell.
The Freestyle seniors managed a spectacular second place at this year’s championships:
Martin Erasmus – Gold 97kg Freestyle
KleinJan Combrinck- Gold 57kg Freestyle
Hein Jansen van Rensburg – Silver 86kg Freestyle
Dylan Marias – Silver 79kg Freestyle
Reynhardt Louw – Brons 65kg Freestyle
Given Chochi – Brons 55kg Greco Roman
The Junior team fended of very difficult conditions in a extremely long day, with all categories wrestling on the same day in n hot humid hall, with two wrestlers in the finals Edrich Norjte taking top honors and Matthew Bartlett just missing out bringing back a silver medal
With 2 gold, 2 silvers, 4 brons and a fourth place the overshadowed the rest of the continent cadets and took the first place in the team event.
The Greco Roman Cadets places fourth also very good considering we only entered half a team. They took 1 silver and 4 brons medals.
Fernando Booyens took Gold again this year, the only SA Cadet to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games, we eagerly await the announcement of the TeamSA!
Rubin JV Vuuren a 15 year new kidn on the block one the second gold medal and is a youngster to follow!
Decan Jantjies – Silver Freestyle 45kg
Nollie Brown – Silver Greco Roman 92kg
Hein Killian – Silver Freestyle 92kg
Leon Myburgh – Brons Freestyle 55kg
Mika Lehmkuhl – Brons Freestyle 60kg
Arno Van Zijl – Brons Freestyle 71kg
Steyn de Lange – Brons Freestyle 80kg
Riehan Botha – Brons Greco Roman 45kg
Lu-Shaun de Kok – Brons Greco Roman 55kg
Ulrich Fuls – Brons Greco Roman 65kg
Lourens Erasmus- Brons Greco Roman 80kg