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Wrestling throws Olympic Park into a spin

20 January 2013

WRESTLING: Pins, clinches and throws have taken over Olympic Park Sports Hall with the opening qualifying rounds of wrestling.

Sunday morning’s session was the first rounds for all divisions for men and women.

With 50 rounds of qualifying to take place, the crowd were revved up waiting to see 36 wrestlers compete.

The morning session saw men's 54kg, 63kg, 76kg, 85kg matches take place as well as the women's 49kg and 56kg sections.

China, with five men and two women, had the strongest team.

Joining the Chinese in the competition were 10 Australians, six each from New Zealand and Brazil, two from Oceania Combined and Chinese Taipei and Great Britain with three competitors.

At the end of the session with one more round to go on Sunday afternoon, Chinese athletes are in a leading position in all sections.

In the women's 49kg section Ya Xie of China leads with a win over Brazilian Gislaine Tavares.

The women's 56kg is lead by Yanan Jiang after an early win over Australian Christina Damirdjian.

China's Guangbin Zhang and Guam's Jonah Whitt are both in contention for the gold in the men's 54kg.

With the arrival of the Brazilian athletics team to cheer on their compatriot, Guilherme Dias scored a win in the men's 85kg category over Australian Sean O'Dea.

As the vocal crowd cheered him on, O'Dea took the first point of the second round, forcing Dias off the mat. It was a short lived upper hand as Dias claimed the next three points and victory by flipping O'Dea high off the ground and on to his back.

All women's wrestling and the men's 76kg section follow a round robin system, with the sections having less than five people.

In the afternoon session the top competitor from each pool will face off for gold and silver.

Bronze will be decided in a match between the second competitors in the pool.

The men's 54kg and 63kg sections will have finals to determine gold, silver and bronze.

The men's 85kg will have one final, with the victor claiming gold at the AYOF.

With only two competitors, the men's 100kg will go straight to a gold medal match.

The final rounds will take place Sunday afternoon.

Annie Kearney
Olympics.com.au

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