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Liberia Qualifies To World Wrestling Championship

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Liberia's  Wrestling Team
Liberia's Wrestling Team

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Liberia Wrestling team has qualified to this year’s World Wrestling Championship which will come on in September in Croatia.

Liberia Wrestlers performance at the weekend United World Wrestling African Championship in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, qualified Liberia to the World Championship.

Two of Liberia’s Four Wrestlers at the competition reached the semifinal stage, thus winning a slot for Liberia at the World Wrestling Championship in September this year.

Eric Borkuah defeated his opponent from Nigeria in the 92kg freestyle quarterfinal to reach the semifinal, but fell to Angola to bow out of the tournament.

Other Liberian wrestlers at the competition were, Augustine Flomo, who competed in the 79kg freestyle category, Venecious Juah, competed in the 66kg freestyle category and Jarus Russ Kollie who competed in the 86kg freestyle category.

The result means Liberia also won qualification to this year’s World Freestyle Junior Wrestling competition in the USA in April, and the Annual ECOWAS traditional Wrestling competition in May in Niger.

Speaking to ELBC Sports Wednesday, February 15, 2018, following the team’s return to Liberia, the Coach of Liberia’s National Wrestling team, Charles Gardea, said his team had a wonderful experience in the tournament although they did not win a medal.

He said:” My top wrestler, Eric Borkuah, could not reach the final because of ankle injury he sustained in the quarterfinal, but the wrestler will be good before the next game in April.”

Coach Gardea also admitted that some of his wrestlers found it difficult to fight on mat as they were not used to fighting or training on mats, but the beach.

Also speaking, Eric Borkuah and the rest of the delegates called for support to Wrestling in Liberia.
They also want a vigorous approach to expand the Wrestling sport in Liberia.
Host Nigeria finished at the top of the medal table followed by Egypt and Algeria.

At the same time, the Liberia Wrestling Federation President, George Gould, has commended Gilbert Moore, a Liberian Wrestler based in Canada for his support to the team’s trip to Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Mr. Gould said Moore provided uniforms and other training kites for the Liberian Wresters and contributed financial assistance to the team’s trip.
He also praised Government for the level of support to the Liberian Wrestling Federation, while at the same time appealing for more support from the new government.


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