THE Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP) is expecting its six wrestlers to win at least four gold medals in the 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Myanmar on December 11 to 22.
“We are expecting to win at least four gold medals because our wrestlers have trained in Mongolia, Iran and Bulgaria,” said WAP President Arnold Balde. The WAP wrestlers won two gold, three silver, and three bronze medals in the last edition of the SEAG in 2011.
Joseph Angana (60 kg), his younger brother two-time SEAG medalist Margarito Jr. (55 kg), Jason Balabal (84 kg), Alvin Lobreguito (55 kg.) and Johnny Morte (60 kg.) are the country’s bet in the freestyle event while Noel Norada (60 kg.) will see action in the Greco-Roman category.
Vietnam and Thailand are the Philippines’ fiercest rivals in wrestling in the SEAG.
“As of now, we are expecting SEA Games to be more competitive than the previous one since most countries are also progressing,” Balde added. “But I’m really confident that we can still prevail in this sport.”
The six wrestlers have trained recently in Iran, a country with a rich wrestling tradition. Iranian wrestlers won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the 2012 London Olympics.