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Oborududu, Adekuoroye, Others Shine On Final Day Of Gov. Diri Wrestling Classics

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Frankie Omokhua

The 1st Gov. Douye Diri National Wrestling Classics which took place in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, ended on Tuesday.

In the final day of actions, which was watched by Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, 10-time African champion, Blessing Oborududu, recorded an impressive 12-2 win via technical superiority against Team Delta’s Dumebi Ndah in the final of the 68kg class.

Team Ondo’s Canada-based Odunayo Adekuoroye secured an easy pinfall victory over Isioma Abojei of Delta State in the 57kg class in 75secs to clinch gold.

In the 50kg class, Christiana Ogunsanya of Purity Club shocked Tokyo 2020 Olympian, Adijat Idris of Ondo State in the quarter-finals on her way to winning gold. Ogunsanya was awarded the top prize after multiple African champion, Mercy Genesis of Team Bayelsa, retired following a knee injury in the final.

In a battle of two heavyweights, African champion, Hannah Reuben of the Nigerian Army beat Team Bayelsa’s Kemasuodei Dressman in the final of the 76kg class to pick the gold.

Similarly, in the freestyle events, 4-time African champion, Ogbonna John of Team Ondo defeated Ugbo Kpun of Edo State in the 74kg class final on his birthday while Commonwealth silver medalist, Ebikewenimo Welson of Bayelsa State overcame Stephen Akintewe of Team Oyo in the 57kg final to win the gold.

The competition was an avenue to pick wrestlers that will represent Nigeria at the 2022 African Championships scheduled to hold in El Jadida, Morocco, in two weeks time.

Canada-based Odunayo Adekuoroye against her opponent on final day.
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