Samoa wins two gold medals: Oceania Wrestling

Lance Polu

, Sports

APIA: 23 Feb 2011 – Samoa won two gold medals yesterday – the opening day of the Oceania Wrestling Championships at the Faleata Sports Complex.

Faamanu ‘Andrew’ Afele defended his Oceania title while Joe Seumanu added another to the four he won at last year’s championships.

In the first day of the Oceania Championships, over 100 wrestlers from 15 Pacific countries vied for medals.

In a day of high expectations for Samoa a two gold haul was deemed less than satisfactory by President Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork.

However, Faamanu Afele and Joe Seumanu lived up to the promise. Mr Afele has is undefeated Oceania champion since 2007.

For Samoa’s other wrestlers, there is hope tomorrow’s free style competition will be a chance to atone.

The form book was true to form with Australia heading the gold medal tally. It’s Commonwealth gold medalist, Ivan Popov,  towered over his opponents easily winning gold over  Samoa’s Anthony Isaia and New Zealand’s Marshall Gibson.

The gold medals was spread from Palau, Guam, American Samoa and Samoa.

The freestyle segment starting tomorrow will also introduce the women’s competition. Guam’s Olympic hopeful Maria Dunne heads a quality women’s competition.