Monday, July 22, 2013

Here are the Winners of the 1st Philippine-Guam Olympic Wrestling Friendship Tournament and July 2013 Scholastic Takedown Wrestling Challenge!

(Guam's Chantay Fejeran is awarded the gold medal in the women's 72 kg. division of the 1st Philippine-Guam Olympic Wrestling Friendship Tournament.)

It was a busy Saturday last July 20, 2013 for the Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP) as it hosted the 1st Philippine-Guam Olympic Wrestling Friendship Tournament in the morning, then the now-bimonthly Scholastic Takedown Wrestling Challenge (STWC) in the afternoon at the National Wrestling Gym, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila.

The international dual meet was played in Olympic freestyle rules, and pitted six members of the Guam youth wrestling team (ages 20 years old and below) versus a mix of youth and senior wrestlers from the Philippine wrestling team. The champions of their respective divisions are Margarito Angana, Jr. of Zamboanga City (FS 66 kg.), Joshua Sapinoso of California, USA (FS 74 kg.), Elvis Julius of Baguio City (FS 84 kg.); Ma. Cristina Vergara of Pasay City (FW 63-65 kg.) and Chantay Fejeran of Guam (GW 72 kg.)

Angana and Vergara are both two-time Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) gold medalists. Remarkably for Angana, last Saturday was the first time he competed in freestyle again after six years; the wrestler has concentrated on Greco-Roman since 2008. In Greco-Roman, he is currently the defending national and SEAG champion.

In the STWC where Yaw-Yan Kampilan of Las Piñas won the team championship, the Guam wrestlers also joined and won one gold courtesy of Ethan Aguigui (Men, 66 kg.) and a bronze medal each from Kimo Barcinas (Men, 74 kg.) and Herbert Fukuda (Men, 84 kg.).

Overall, the visiting Guam youth wrestling team bagged two gold and four bronze medals from the international dual meet and STWC combined.

(The Guam youth wrestling team, with team manager and coacg Luis Ting at extreme left.)

“It was a good experience for both Philippines and Guam to hone their skills together, the results of which are camaraderie and a healthy international exchange of knowledge and experience between the teams,” remarks WAP president Albert Balde.

According to Guam wrestling team manager and coach Luis Ting, they will be back here in late December with full cadet, junior and senior teams to compete again with their Pinoy counterparts.

The following is the list of winners of the  Philippine-Guam Olympic Wrestling Friendship Tournament:

66 kg. FS
Gold        Margarito Angana, Jr. (Zamboanga City)
Silver       Ronil Tubog (Dumaguete City)
Bronze    Jhon Rey Larena (Taytay)

74 kg. FS
Gold        Joshua Sapinoso (California, USA)
Silver       Jhonny Morte (Zamboanga City)
Bronze    Joseph Cañolas (Taytay)

84 kg. FS
Gold      Elvis Julius (Baguio City)
Silver     Michael Natividad (Philippine Army)
Bronze  Herbert Fukuda (Guam)

63-65 kg. FW
Gold      Ma. Cristina Vergara (Pasay City)
Silver     Efrelyn Calitis (Pasay City)
Bronze  Lilian Troy (Guam)

72. kg. FW
Gold      Chantay Fejeran (Guam)
Silver     Edralyn Calitis (Pasay City)
Bronze   Chonalyn Gallo (Taytay)

Winners of the July 2013 Scholastic Takedown Wrestling Challenge:

50 kg. Men
Gold      Mark Abrillo (Yaw-Yan Kampilan)
Silver     Rommel Agcaoili (JMC-MMA)
Bronze  Wilson Chung (JMC-MMA)

55 kg. Men
Gold      Jerson Ross (Yaw-Yan Kampilan)
Silver     Raqui Vergara (Legion MMA)
Bronze  Louie Corilan (Legion MMA)
Bronze  John Oliver Bañate (JMC-MMA)

(Final match in the 60 kg. men's category of the 7/13 Scholastic Takedown Wrestling Challenge.)

 60 kg. Men
Gold      Arens Tan Rañola (S.P.R.A.W.L.-Quezon Province)
Silver     Jhonsel Hurtado (Yaw-Yan Kampilan)
Bronze Jerome Eusebio (Yaw-Yan Kampilan)
Bronze  Arwin Clasutan (Safehouse-MMA)

66 kg. Men
Gold      Ethan Aguigui (Guam)
Silver     Jason Bandosa (Fitness Quest)
Bronze Ramin Tesorio (JMC-MMA)

74 kg. Men
Gold      Ricswartz Sibal (Yaw-Yan Kampilan)
Silver     Aldwin Recede (Fitness Quest)
Bronze  Kimo Barcinas (Guam)
Bronze Karan Mali (Fitness Quest)

(The championship match in the 84 kg. men's division in the STWC.)

84 kg. Men
Gold      Arvin Chan (Safehouse-MMA)
Silver     Ryan Pamintuan (Fitness Quest)
Bronze  Herbert Fukuda (Guam)
Bronze Jonas Ferriol (Fitness Quest)

96 kg. Men
Gold      Jaysee Lopez (JMC-MMA)
Silver     Paul Africa (Yaw-Yan Kampilan)
Bronze  Dennis Camcam (Fitness Quest)

(For the heavyweight gold in the 120 kg. class.)

 120 kg. Men
Gold      Peter Lawrence Meimban (New Era University)
Silver     Christian Tong (Safehouse-MMA)

48 kg. Women
Gold      Nikkita Suarez (New Era University)
Silver     Lady Vanessa Paler (Fitness Quest)
Bronze  Maidee Mendoza (Fitness Quest)

(Happy wrestlers all!, at the end of a grueling Saturday at the National Wrestling Gym, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila.)

Top 3 teams of 7/13 STWC:

Team Champion                    Yaw-Yan Kampilan
2nd Place                               New Era University
3rd Place                               Safehouse-MMA

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