Team Nigeria’s wrestlers at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, began their campaign on a good note as three wrestlers won medals on Thursday while competing in their various categories.

Bose Samuel opened the floodgates for Nigeria after defeating Sri Lanka’s Deepika Mudiyanselage by 10-0 technical points in the Women’s Freestyle 53kg Nordic System to win Bronze.

Ebikewenimo Welson followed as he beat South Africa’s Jan Combrinck 3-1, (Victory by Points) in the Men’s Freestyle 57kg.

Blessing Onyebuchi narrowly lost to Canada’s Erica Wiebe by 4-2 (Victory by Fall) in the Women’s Freestyle 76kg and settled for Silver instead.

However, it was not a good outing for Ebimienfaghe Assizecourt who despite leading at some stage by 9-4, lost the Men’s Freestyle 74kg Bronze medal match to Curtis Dodge who earned a Victory by Fall (5-0 Classification Points) to beat the Nigerian.

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the National Sports Festival and the African Athletics Championships, and has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).

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