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Barnes bows out

Pretoria’s Heinrich Barnes has ended 22nd in his category at the World Wrestling Championships in Herning, Denmark.

Fighting in the 66 kilogram division, Barnes, a member of SASCOC’s Opex squad in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics in London, lost to Yang Chung Song of North Korea.

Barnes is currently based in the United States.

Wrestlers grapple for three rounds of two minutes and Barnes lost his first round 2-3, took the second 6-0 and lost the final stanza 4-0. Song went on to place ninth in the division.

Fellow South African Etienne van Huyssteen ended in 27th position in the 96kg division. He first took on world champion Khadzhimurat Gatsolov of Russia and despite defending well, lost on points

Because he lost against the champion, Van Huyssteen got another chance to grapple, where he up against George Gogshelidze of Georgia and lost on a fall. Gogshelidze is the 2009 bronze medallist.


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