THE Philippine wrestling team captured three gold, nine silver and two bronze medals in the 2014 Southeast Asian and Australian Wrestling Games on Sunday in Singapore, according to Wrestling Association of the Philippines President Alvin Aguilar.
National wrestlers Alvin Lobreguito beat his Malaysian foe to win the gold medal in the 57kg freestyle event while Jhonny Morte bested his Vietnamese opponent to snatch the gold medal in the 61 kg freestyle class. The third gold medal came from Francis Villanueva who outclassed his Singaporean rival in the 125 kg freestyle division.
“They all got gold medals. Jhonny Morte was given the best wrestler/most technical wrestler of the whole tournament award,” Aguilar told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Tuesday. “We also sent our junior women’s team into a seniors tournament.”
“The Bulgarian head coach of the Australian team said that Morte and Lobrequito can easily become Olympic champions,” he added. “This is what happens when Filipino athletes are given proper support devoid of corruption and agendas, they always produce. We are going for the Olympic gold next.”
The silver medalists in freestyle event were Grace Loberanes (53kg), Minalyn Foy-Os (55kg), May Rose Marinas (58 kg), Efrelyn Crosby (60 kg), Jason Balabal (86 kg) and Robertson Torres (97 kg). Noel Norada (59kg), Jefferson Manatad (66 kg) and Smael Trazona (80 kg) also won silver medals in the Greco-Roman event.
Rosegyn Malabja (48kg) and Joseph Angana (65kg) also won bronze medals in the freestyle event.