Nigeria Fields 90-man Team For African Wrestling Championships

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Minister of Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung

By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos

Ahead of the African Wrestling Championship, the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), is not leaving any stone unturned as it has named a strong 90-man team that will represent the country at the upcoming African Wrestling Championships in Port Harcourt from February 7 to 11, 2018.

The list is made up of 30 cadet (15-17yrs) , 30 junior (18-20yrs)  and 30 senior wrestlers.

World silver-medalist and 2014 Commonwealth champion, Odunayo Adekuoroye headlines the list which also has 7-time African Champion, Blessing Oborodudu, who will be seeking her 8thcontinental title in Port Harcourt.

Commonwealth Champions Aminat Adeniyi and Ifeoma Nwoye and 5-time African Champion, Amas Daniel are all part of the team, as well as All Africa Games gold medalist, Mercy Genesis, a two-time African Champion.

Veteran Sinivie Boltic, a 2010 Commonwealth gold-medalist and 3-time African Champion, is also part of Team Nigeria contingent to the Championship, which will be hosted by Nigeria for the first time next month.

Richard Seitoakumo (57kg) and Mercy Adekuoroye (53kg), younger sister of wrestling sensation, Odunayo, are also part of the team, and are expected to shine in the Junior and Cadet categories respectively. 

It is the first time a country is fielding 90 athletes in the African Wrestling Championships.

Below is the full list:

FREESTYLE (Senior Female)

1.  Mercy Genesis (50kg)

2.  Bose Samuel (53kg)

3.  Ifeoma Nwoye (55kg)

4.  Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg)

5.  Bisola Makanjuola (59kg)

6.  Aminat Adeniyi (62kg)

7.  Hannah Reuben (65kg)

8.  Blessing Oborodudu (68kg)

9.  Winnie Gofit (72kg)

10. Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg)

FREESTYLE (Senior Male)

1.  Welson Ebikewenimo (57kg)

2.  Victor Firstman (61kg)

3.  Amas Daniel (65kg)

4.  John Ogbonnaya (70kg)

5.  Amos Assizecourt (74kg)

6.  Ekerekeme Agiomor (79kg)

7.  Melvin Bibo (86kg)

8.  Robert Daufa (92kg)

9.  Soso Tamarau (97kg)

10. Sinivie Boltic (125kg)

FREESTYLE (Junior Female)

1.  Gloria Ojei (50kg)

2.  Gloria Ondeweraowei (53kg)

3.  Ozioma Joseph (55kg)

4.  Comfort Stephen (57kg)

5.  Nkechi Dimejesi (59kg)

6.  Precious Tiebri (62kg)

7.  Keke Yanyagbiri (65kg)

8.  Ebi  Biogos (69kg)

9.  Courage Mango (73kg)

10.                   Queen James (76kg)

FREESTYLE (Junior Male)

1.  Richard Seitoakumo (57kg)

2.  Reginald Ikiofakemefa (61kg)

3.  Joseph Anthony (65kg)

4.  Emeka Nwafor (70kg)

5.  Tari Padeiowei (74kg)

6.  Clarkson Ebiboloukew (79kg)

7.  Tarikebena Captain (86kg)

8.  Yelekme Netco (92kg)

9.  Izonna Ayaebi (97kg)

10.                   Radiance Akaribest (125kg)

FREESTYLE (Cadet Female

1.  Yetunde Oluwatoyin (40kg)

2.  Esther Asiolu (43kg)

3.  Christiana Ogunsanyo (46kg)

4.  Oluda Aina (49kg)

5.  Mercy Adekuoroye (53kg)

6.  Adekoye Jumoye (57kg)

7.  Esther Kolawale (61kg)

8.  Balogun Sunmisola (65kg)

9.  Cecilia James (69kg)

10.                   Natasha Essien (76kg)

FREESTYLE (Cadet Male) 

1.  Kelvin Sariki (40-45kg)

2.  Oluwatosin Adegoke (48kg)

3.  Moses Ikatuboh (51kg)

4.  Ikechukwu Okafor (55kg)

5.  Stephen Akintene (60kg)

6.  Nnaemeka Kenechukwu (65kg)

7.  ThankGod Morgan (71kg)

8.  Newlife Ebikeme (80kg)

9.  Zikenah Amen (92kg)

10.                   Isaac Iwenji (110kg)

GRECO ROMAN (Senior)

1.  Henry Akinwale (55kg)

2.  Enenibodi Dick (60kg)

3.  John ARikpo (63kg)

4.  Romeo Joseph (67kg)

5.  Emmanuel Nworie (72kg)

6.  Perefaghe Kiribein (77kg)

7.  Tochukwu Okeke (82kg)

8.  Tobechukwu Udeh (87kg)

9.  Okuro Augustine (97kg)

10.                   Ilukwe Patrick Tagbo (130kg)

GRECO ROMAN (Junior)

1.  Segun Adebawo (55kg)

2.  Olubode Fayowole (60kg)

3.  Adekunle Julius (63kg)

4.  Pakistan Alfred (67kg)

5.  Chinonso Robinson (72kg)

6.  Agbonifo Ehichiel (77kg)

7.  Samuel Oyewole (82kg)

8.  Dickson Emmanuel (87kg)

9.  Omega Emmanuel (97kg)

10.                   Hassan Lawal (130kg)

Greco Roman (Cadet)

1.  Henry Opokuma (45kg)

2.  Ogidi Perediegha (48kg)

3.  Fayolemi Damilola (51kg)

4.  Peter Ukoro (55kg)

5.  Robinson Ikechukwu (60kg)

6.  Aremu Taiwo (65kg)

7.  Ibrahim Abdulhameed (71kg)

8.  Buhari Umar Shuni (80kg)

9.  Yahaya Yahuze (97kg)

10.                   Ladoja Idowu (110kg).

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