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Win apiece but it’s tough for SA wrestlers at YOG

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By Mark Etheridge
in Nanjing, China

Team South Africa’s male wrestlers got to grips with just how good the global competition is on the final day of competition at the Youth Olympic Games here on Wednesday.

There was a win for Elbert Steyn in his opening bout against James Dyasco from Pilau but it was uphill going for both him and fellow SA grappler Reynhardt Louw from that point on.

Fighting in the 63kg division, Limpopo’s Steyn needed only 33 seconds before walking off the mat with a 4-0 win.

He then took on Azebaijan’s Teymur Mammadov and went down 4-0 (10 technical points to 0).

‘The opening fight against Pilau was an easy win for Elbert and he won with a good fall,’ said coach Nico Coetzee. ‘But the next fight was an indication of just how strong wrestling is in the East European countries. They are just top class. This guy is a world champion and also won the qualifiying tournament  in Europe for these Games.’

Steyn’s third fight saw him go down go another Eastern European opponent, Iveriko Julakidze, the latter winning by points 3-0.

Louw, who celebrated his 16th birthday during the Games here, lost his opening bout 3-1 to Yemen’s Ebrahim Abudllah Ali Al -Shebami (10-4) and then was overpowered by American Daton Fix in his second fixture. The bout lasted just 1min 20sec as Fix won with a fall.

‘Reynardt just took time to get going in his first fight and by the time that happened it was too late,’ said Coetzee. ‘The next fight just showed how good Daton is.’

But still Louw ended his morning bouts on a winning note  when he beat Macedonia’s Elmedin Sejfulau on a fall 1:29 into his third bout.

The SA duo will now fight it out for fifth and sixth spots in the competition-ending evening session. Steyn takes on Alexander Moore of Canada and Louw will meet Russian Amirkhan Guvazhokov.

Picture of Reynhardt Louw by Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA. Pictures of Team South Africa’s campaign at the 2014 Youth Olympics are free for downloading on www.sascocimages.co.za.

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