Surrounded by cheering spectators, two wrestlers take to the mats. Their eyes lock as they prepare to battle. Hours of wrestling training has led to this moment.
They position themselves, prepping for the signal which will signify the start of the match. The referee gives the sign and the two wrestlers launch forward, their bodies connecting in the pursuit of dominance.
Over the past month, Newcastle Cougars Wrestling Club has proven to be a formidable force in the wrestling world. Its wrestlers baring their claws to their opponents, not stepping aside in the pursuit of victory.
On Saturday, September 7, Durnacol Sports Complex was a hive of activity with a staggering total of 187 wrestlers participating in the Regional Wrestling Competition.
Wrestlers hailing from East Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Northern KwaZulu-Natal participating in the competitive event. Each looking to dominate the wrestling mats.
Newcastle Cougars Wrestling Club saw 10 of its wrestlers and four of its elite wrestlers taking part.
During the event, there was also a division for the SA Championships, which the u/6, u/7 and u/8’s took part in.
Competing against some of the best wrestlers in the country, the 14 wrestlers from Newcastle proved to be a formidable force, bringing home a series of gold, silver and bronze medals.
Such was the wrestling club’s presence, that Eric de Wet was selected to participate in the SA Youth Championships, which took place from September 27 to September 28 in Pretoria. He also participated in the National Trails for 2020.
Other wrestlers who competed in Pretoria were Carlos Giammello, JD Knop, Dawie van der Linde, Amandus de Jager, Byron Botha, Herlo Bester and Hanro Mienie.
During the tournament, Herlo Bester clinched a bronze medal in the U/9 Freestyle division. In the U/10 Freestyle division, JD Knop and Hanro Mienie secured a bronze medal. Carlos Giammello took gold in the U/11 Freestyle division. Amandus de Jager took silver in the U/13 Greco division, with Byron Botha clinching a bronze.
Well done to the wrestlers from Newcastle Cougars Wrestling Club.