Six wrestlers made it to the Philippine Team seeing action in the 1st Combat Wrestling World Championship to be held in Varna, Bulgaria in August.
Leading the team are Wallen del Rosario (57 kg., Cavite Top Team) and Nico Allego (62 kg., YawYan Kampilan), who won gold medals in their respective weight classes during the 1st Philippine Combat Wrestling Team Trials held at the YawYan Kampilan Camp in Pandacan, Manila.
Also ruling their events were Mark de Guzman (68 kg., Sprawl MMA), Nathan Ferriol (82 kg., Cavite Top Team), Gilbert Ombao (90 kg., Sprawl MMA) and female wrestler Nikita Suarez (48 kg., Sprawl MMA).
“The sport of combat wrestling first gained popularity in Japan under its founder Kiguchi Noriaki in the early 1990’s. Many of the top Japanese MMA fighters like Takanori Gomi, Rumina Sato, Genki Sudo and Masakazu Imanari used to compete and dominate in its annual events,” said international Federation of Combat Wrestling (FICW) Philippine Representative Karlo Sevilla.
“Its grappling rules encouraged wrestling takedowns and pins, and a comprehensive set of fight-finishing submission holds—like the ones seen in popular MMA events like the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), ONE Championship and the now-defunct Pride Fighting Championship,” he added.