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 Sportswriter 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 African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.

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