A team from Erne Wrestling Club traveled to Dublin last weekend for the Irish Freestyle Wrestling Championships. The club brought in nine wrestlers and came away with seven medals on a great day of wrestling.
At the junior level, Naoise McManus won the silver medal in her very first wrestling competition. She demonstrated her athleticism in a big way by learning the technical side of the sport. She will be a force in the fight.
Ewan McDowell continues to impress, also winning a silver medal.
Ben Edgar (Omagh) managed to earn a bronze medal while continuing to gain experience in a competitive field. Jamie Edgar (Omagh) came in right next to a packed group of athletes, but continues to show dedication and growth in the sport.
At the Cadet level (U18), Morgan Clements (Omagh), participated in his first wrestling competition. He didn’t fail to impress with his fantastic attitude and willingness to learn lessons and develop his skills. He didn’t win any medals this time, but gained valuable experience and tools as he also competes at the highest levels of MMA.
At the senior level, Cameron Clements (Omagh) also competed in his first wrestling competition. He was one of the best fighters in MMA and showed his grit and determination to adapt and fight a very tough group to win the silver medal at 86kg.
Matthew Crozier competed in his first senior competition after a year out with injury to win the bronze medal.
Coming out of the U20s, he faced the Seniors at 92kg at the age of 18. It was a big step forward but he showed he wanted his development to be at the highest level.
Darragh Love, also a U20 wrestler, rose to the top ranks in what is still one of the toughest divisions in the world.
Darragh fought his way through a large group to walk away with a bronze medal. It is a huge achievement at his age and in his development towards European and world level.
The gold medal at 79 kg went to Ivan Enchev d’Erne who brings superior class and wrestling experience to the Erne Wrestling Club. It was a loaded division with the best wrestlers from Ireland and England and only one was even able to score a point against Ivan, but Ivan ended it soon after.
He is a very special wrestler who will undoubtedly bring another level to the club’s wrestlers.
Coach Alex Edgar took charge of the junior wrestlers with great success and when Matthew Crozier finished his matches he helped Alex with the junior team as he is also a level 1 coach at the club.
The next step for the club is to prepare Darragh, Matthew and Ewan who will represent the NI team in Helsinki, Finland in December.
The club continues to grow, accommodating people with no experience at a very high skill level due to the willingness of all these wrestlers and trainers to take the time and effort to help people on their journey in the sport of wrestling. Olympic or simply excellent physical condition. .
In training at Creamery Business Park, Irvinestown, you can get involved via their Facebook page and come take a look.
Head Coach Bruce Irwin thanks these wrestlers, coaches and parents for their continued support.