Championship success for wrestlers

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Taieri wrestler Ricky Welsford had two goals when competing at the 2017 Oceania Championship – to make weight and win. He did both.

Welsford is now one step closer to qualifying for the Commonwealth Games after winning the male 57kg grade of the championship in Tahiti earlier in the month.

The competition was the first in a series of qualifiers.

Welsford, of Taieri Wrestling Club, said he was confident heading into the competition and won all of his three wrestles in under a minute.

“I had done the hard work to get there.”

He will compete at the Commonwealth Cup in November and plans to attend a training camp overseas in preparation.

Fellow Taieri Wrestling Club wrestler Simone Reynolds also competed and finished fourth in the female 63kg grade.

Reynolds said it was “amazing” to represent New Zealand and the competition had provided a huge learning experience for her.

“I found it quite hard to manage my energy levels at the right time.

“I feel like I have come back stronger.”

Despite not qualifying for the Commonwealth Cup, she planned to keep training and compete at the Oceania competition next year.

For information about the club check out the Taieri Wrestling Club Facebook page.