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
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.
Full Results on the tournament website here. The Scottish team competing at the tournament were unplaced against stiff competition, including Canadian Olympic Champion Carol Huynh.
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.
The Scottish Wrestling Association today appointed a new Assistant Coach, Viorel Etko, to work with Scottish National Head Coach, Volodymyr Gladkov.
A graduate of the Moldovan National Institute of Sport and Physical Education, Viorel worked with various national coaches throughout his career as a wrestler and has recently been imparting that experience to young wrestlers in Aberdeenshire.
Viorel represented Scotland with distinction as a wrestler in international competition, including at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Viorel also won a bronze medal for Scotland at the 2009 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships as well as representing Great Britain at the European and World Championships on five occasions.
Men’s Freestyle wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games took place on the 9th and 10th of October 2010 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium Complex. Scotland’s three competitors were Craig McKenna at 55kg, Viorel Etko at 60kg and Sean Keogh at 84kg.
Men’s Freestyle Full Results
Download Full Wrestling Results PDF from the 2010 Commonwealth Games here.
With the Commonwealth Games in Delhi only 70 days away, Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) and the Scottish Wrestling Association today announced the 10 wrestlers (three men and seven women) selected to represent Team Scotland at the Games in October. This is the first of 16 sports competing in Delhi to have its athlete selections confirmed.
One of the original six sports included in the first Games in 1930, wrestling is now an optional sport and was last in the Games at Manchester in 2002, and it will also be in Glasgow in 2014. Wrestling is a hugely popular sport in India and one in which the hosts have targeted significant medal success. Such is the level of interest in the sport that the Scots selected today can expect to compete in front of 5,000 capacity crowds at every session, which will take place at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex 5-10 October 2010.
Women’s wrestling will also be making its debut in Delhi and CGS is particularly delighted to have female entries in all seven weight categories a remarkable feat given that there was no women’s performance programme in Scotland until 18 months ago.
This has come about as a result of a sportscotland backed talent transfer initiative led by Scottish Wrestling, which saw judo athletes take up the sport. Five of the seven women selected today came from judo, having enjoyed considerable success in that sport, but with judo omitted from the Commonwealth Games programme in both Melbourne and Delhi, there was a clear incentive to switch. Twins, Donna and Fiona Robertson both have Commonwealth Games bronze medals in judo from the 1990 Games in Auckland and the 2002 Games in Manchester respectively.
The Scottish performance squad have mat sessions on six days each week at Palace of Art in Glasgow, overseen by national coach, Volodymyr Gladkov from Ukraine. This is complemented by three weekly strength and conditioning training sessions, provided as part of a support services package from the sportscotland institute of sport network.
The majority of the team visited Jalandahar in India in December last year to take part in the Commonwealth Championships, the official test event for the Commonwealth Games. They enjoyed their most successful ever Commonwealth Championships, winning five medals and hope this augurs well for Delhi in October.
Congratulating the team, Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome the 10 wrestlers to Team Scotland. They have truly earned their places on the team and I hope that they now can focus over these next two months on their final preparations that will put them in the best possible shape to excel at the Games.”
Jon Doig, Team Scotland Chef de Mission added: “All the wrestlers can feel rightly proud that they are our first athletes named in Team Scotland. This is the first step to achieving their goals in Delhi and all the support staff look forward to ensuring they have every opportunity to excel at the Games.”
On behalf of Scottish Wrestling, Team Leader John Keogh said: “I am extremely proud of the team selected for Delhi. It is a fabulous achievement to have ten wrestlers qualify and is testament to all their hard work. The women in particular, most of whom transferred from judo only 18 months ago to now compete at the highest level in another sport, must be commended, along with our head coach Volodymyr Gladkov.”
The majority of the wrestling team now head to Romania on Monday to benefit from further training and international competition, then on to Ukraine as they make their final preparations for the Commonwealth Games.
Press release from Commonwealth Games Scotland – 24 July 2010
Team Scotland Wrestling Squad for Delhi 2010
|Wrestling Team Leader||John Keogh|
|Head Coach||Volodymyr Gladkov|
The Scotland squad for the International Wrestling Tournament to be held in Pitesti, Romania from August 6th – August 8th is:-
Fiona Robertson 48kg
Donna Robertson 51kg
Jayne Clason 55kg
Tracy Connell 63kg
Craig McKenna 55kg
Viorel Etko 60kg
Sean Keogh 74kg
Masoud Yosefi 84kg
Head coach Volodymyr Gladkov will be assisted by Alan Harper at the tournament. Team Manager John Keogh and referee Thomas Kirkpatrick will also accompany the squad.
The Scottish team finished 3rd overall of 22 competing nations at today’s City of Sassari tournament, held in Sardinia.
Scottish wrestlers also performed well individually as Donna Robertson (48kg) and Sarah Jones (72kg) both won Gold medals in the Women’s Freestyle, while team-mates Fiona Robertson (48kg) and Kathryn Marsh (59kg) claimed Silver. Jayne Clason took bronze in the 55kg event.
In the Men’s Freestyle, Viorel Etko at 60kg and Sean Keogh at 74kg both won Silver medals to bring Scotland’s medal tally to seven.