The Scottish Open Championships were held on Saturday, 8th September 2012 at Bellahouston Leisure Centre in Glasgow.
Minis & Juniors – Male
|24kg||Joe Seddon||Leon Etko||Ciaran Keelan|
|25kg||Jack Grundy||Thomas Green||Wallace Blair|
|30kg||Mark Boyce||Chris Gibson||Jason McEwan|
|31kg||Lewis Brown||Max Ashton||Sean McDonald|
|32kg||Robbie Davies||Gursewak Jagdev|
|37kg||Avi Sohi||Shaun Thorpe|
|46kg||James Wheeler||Taylor McCann||Robbie Duddy|
|50kg||Brian Harper||Corey Keatings|
|57kg||Nathan Ferguson||Andrew Purcell|
|70kg||Justin Haughey||Rajan Hayre|
Seniors – Male
|120kg||Mark Ritchie||William Crawford|
|84kg||Pedram Nikabadi||Stuart McKay||Vittorio Cervone|
|74kg||Alex Gladkov||Tommy Hawthorn||Kevin Pratt|
|60kg||Gareth Jones||Ikram Sadeeq||Lee McKeown|
Juniors – Female
|60kg||Shannon Hawke||Chelsea Murphy|
Seniors – Female
|48kg||Donna Robertson||Fiona Robertson|
Promising young Scottish wrestler, Ross Connelly, was invited by British Wrestling to an international training camp and competition prior to the Olympics. The youngsters then travelled on to London to take in the Olympic Wrestling. The experience, intended to inspire the Olympians of the future, saw Ross win a silver medal against other top young wrestlers from around the world.
Ross, who trains at the Tryst Lions Club in Cumbernauld, also appeared in his local newspaper – story here.
Deadline for entries extended until Wednesday, 5th September
|Date:||Saturday, 8th September 2012|
|Venue:||Bellahouston Leisure Centre
- 18 years of age or over on the day of competition.
- 16 – 18 years with written permission of parents and club coach.
- Weight Allowance 2kg
MALE: 55kg, 60kg, 66kg, 74kg, 84kg, 96kg, 120kg
FEMALE: 48kg, 51kg, 55kg, 59kg, 63kg, 67kg, 72kg
- 5 to 18 years inclusive.
To be matched on the day in accordance with weight and age.
19:30 – 21:30
Palace of Art
08:15 – 09:00
Bellahouston Leisure Centre
|Competition Start:||10am, Saturday 8th September 2012|
|Entry Fee:||£12 per competitor
Entry fees payable by cash at the weigh-in, or by cheque with entry form. Please make cheques payable to ‘Scottish Wrestling Association’.
|Official In Charge:||Mr Victor Keelan|
|Notes:||All competitors are reminded that Clubs, Coaches, Competitors and Officials must be registered with British Wrestling for 2012.|
|Enquiries and Entries:||Joanne Daly
Address: 29 Wallacewell Road, Glasgow, G21 3NH
|Regulations and entry form – PDF Document||Download|
|Regulations and entry form – Word Document||Download|
Scotland’s Bobby McLucas competed as part of the four-strong GB team at the recent World Veterans Championships in Freestyle Wrestling. Having won silver the previous year in Switzerland, Bobby entered the 76kg category in Tirana, Albania with high hopes of a medal. The Tryst Lions wrestler sent the following report from the championships:
Old Men Go to War – Bobby McLucas
OK, the World Veterans Wrestling Championship may not be a war, but the wrestlers there do take it very seriously. The hotbeds of the wrestling countries always turn up with large teams and this year’s competition in Albania was no exception. The bouts on the mat are fiercely contested and are often decided by a single point. This year there were also highlights of each day’s competition on Albanian TV, but it did seem to center on the Albanian wrestlers.
After last year’s silver I felt I had a chance to do even better, but I lost to Argentina in the quarter-finals: no excuses, I just did not wrestle well. Thankfully for me he made it to the final, which gave me a bronze medal match via the Repechage system. The match was against one of the weaker countries – Turkey (ha ha!). There is always a great atmosphere when Turkish wrestlers are on the mat as they are so passionate about the sport; it helps to bring out the best in you. As a result I ‘ hammered ‘ him over 3 rounds. The first I won via the clinch, the second was 1-1, with him scoring the last point to win that round, the 3rd I won 4-0. Mind you the Turk did complain to the referee in the last 20 secs of the round that I wasn’t trying to wrestle, who would?, 4 points up and 20 seconds away from a bronze medal in a world championships.
I must admit to not only having Jimmy Hawthorne from Bradford in my corner but also Eric Pochere, 5 times world veterans champion from Germany as well ( long story ). Veterans is also about making friends so I had great support from GBR ( Jimmy ), the German team, Team USA ( they like us Brits ) and South Africa ( don’t know why ).
At the end of the bouts, the wrestlers always genuinely congratulate each other, showing mutual respect, appreciating the effort that has been made to drag your old body to the mat, knowing how hard it’s been. It makes you wonder why we do it. Well I think we do it because we can, we do it because we want to, and I do it because I’m still missing a particular colour of medal.
Scotland’s Sarah Jones won a bronze medal at the Gran Premio de Espana on her return from injury. Sarah wrestled Yanira Morales (PUR) in the first round, winning 9 – 1, 3 – 1. Sarah then lost to the eventual Silver medallist, Germany’s Elena Balzer, in the semi-final (9 – 0, 3 – 0) before winning her bout against Audrey Prieto Bokhashvili (FRA) 0 – 0, 5 – 0 to finish third.
Craig McKenna drew the eventual Silver medallist, Spain’s Francisco Sanchez, in the first round, losing 11 – 1, 3 – 1. Craig then wrestled in the repechage, winning his first bout against Ricardo Fernandez (ESP) 7 – 5, 3 – 1, before losing to Germany’s Emanuel Krause in the next to finish 5th overall.
Donna Robertson finished 15th of 17 at 48kg, Kathryn Marsh finished 17th of 21 at 55kg and Tracy Connell finished 8th of 8 at 59kg.
The squad were coached by Viorel Etko, with Thomas Kirkpatrick accompanying as our referee.
Full results can be downloaded from the Spanish Federation website at www.felucha.es – pdf copy of results here
The Scotland squad for the Gran Premio de Espana, to be held in Madrid on 9th – 10th July 2011 is:-
55kg – Craig McKenna
48kg – Donna Robertson
55kg – Kathryn Marsh
59kg – Tracy Connell
67kg – Sarah Jones
Coach – Viorel Etko
Referee – Thomas Kirkpatrick
Scotland’s Craig McKenna finished 9th of 20 competitors in the 55kg category at the European Junior Championships in Zrenjanin, Serbia on Wednesday 22nd June 2011.
Craig got a bye in the first round. In the next round Craig won his bout against David Berdis (Slovakia) 2-0, 4-1. Chakir Ansari (France) won his bout against Craig in the quarter finals.
Full results are available on the tournament website at juniorwrestling2011.com
Best of luck to Scotland’s Craig McKenna, who will represent Great Britain in the 55kg category at the European Junior Championships in Zrenjanin, Serbia on Wednesday 22nd June 2011.
Craig, who is supported by the sportscotland Institute of Sport, has prepared for the Championships at a training camp in Ukraine. Craig will be coached at the tournament by Scottish Head Coach, Volodymyr Gladkov.
The tournament website : juniorwrestling2011.com
Full list of entries can be found here
The Martinetti Cup tournament for male Juniors and Cadets held in Martigny, Switzerland on June 11th saw good results for the Scottish squad, coached by Assistant Coach Viorel Etko.
Gareth Jones competed in the 60kg category against 5 opponents. The competition was held under the Nordic system and Gareth finished 4th overall, winning his bout against USA.
Brian Harper won silver, finishing 2nd of seven in the 46kg category.
Tony McKenna won a bronze medal against 10 competitors at 69kg.
The Scotland squad for Raphael Martinetti’s Cup, a tournament for male cadet and junior wrestlers is:
They will be coached by Scottish Assistant Coach, Viorel Etko at the tournament which will be held in Martigny, Switzerland on June 11th 2011.