Sharples wrestlers to grapple with the World's best
A TRIO of Bolton wrestlers are set to grapple with the world’s best at an international tournament.
George Ramm, Matthew Walton and Jordan Hargreaves are among the names from the Sharples Wrestling Club roster that are set to don Great Britain vests for top competitions.
Hargreaves and Walton have been selected to compete in the Negrepelisse international tournament in France on October 19. Both competed in the same event last year with Jordan picking up a bronze medal and Matthew finishing just outside the medals in fourth place. Both wrestlers will be hoping to finish in the medals this time.
Meanwhile, Ramm will travel to Lithuania on October 12 to compete in the Klapedia Cup. Head coach Eddie Kavanagh believes it shows how highly the competitors are rated by the international selectors.
He said: “I think that it is great for the club to have all three of them there getting picked for the country.
“It shows how they are trying to go forward in their sporting careers.
“I feel that it is recognition of their efforts in training.
“All three wrestlers will be looking for good performances in preparation for the British Junior championships on October 26, in Londonderry in Northern Ireland.
“It shows the quality of the young wrestlers we have at Sharples Wrestling club and it is also great news soon after wrestling won the vote to keep its Olympic status. “Wrestling is a priority sport in Bolton and getting young athletes to compete for their country on a regular basis can only be good for wrestling in the town.
Kavanagh admitted that he was delighted with news of wrestling being reinstated as an Olympic sport for the 2020 games.
He believes that the competition could be an opportunity for the trio to showcase their talents if selected.
He said: “It is great on the back of the impressive results at the London Games.
“The sport is one of the longest running ones so I think that it had to be included.”
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