Commonwealth Games 2018: Wrestling gets underway as Connor Evans misses out on bronze

The Wrestling competition got underway at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Friday and as was expected, it was a tough day of competition for the Australian team with only Connor Evans in the Men’s 74kg division progressing to the medal rounds.

Evans, originally from the U.K secured a pin against his first-round opponent Sean Wrinkle from Bahamas and followed that up with another pin in the quarter-finals against Akash Khullar from New Zealand. A semi-final loss to the eventual gold medal winner Kumar Sushil left him contesting for a bronze medal but was unable to get past Canadian Jevon Balfour.

Thomas Cicchini won his opening match by points against Lowe Bingham from Nauru before losing to Rahul Aware from India in the quarter-finals and George Ram from England in the repechage.

Naomi De Bruine (Women’s 74kg) and Carissa Holland (Women’s 53kg) were both eliminated without a win.

Women’s Freestyle 53kg

  • Deepika Dilhani (India) def. Carissa Holland (Australia) – Victory by Points
  • Diana Weicker (Canada) def. Carissa Holland (Australia) – Victory by Technical Superiority
  • Bose Samuel (Nigeria) def. Carissa Holland (Australia) – Victory by Technical Superiority
  • Babita Kumari (India) def. Carissa Holland (Australia) – Victory by Fall

Men’s Freestyle 57kg

  • Thomas Cicchini (Australia) def. Lowe Bingham (Nauru) – Victory by Points
  • Rahul Aware (India) def. Thomas Cicchini (Australia) – Victory by Technical Superiority
  • George Ram (England) def. Thomas Cicchini (Australia) – Victory by Technical Superiority

Men’s Freestyle 74kg

  • Connor Evans (Australia) def. Sean Wrinkle (Bahamas) – Victory by Fall
  • Connor Evans (Australia) def. Akash Khullar (New Zealand) – Victory by Fall
  • Semi-Final: Kumar Sushil (India) def. Connor Evans (Australia) – Victory by Fall
  • Bronze Medal: Jevon Balfour (Canada) def. Connor Evans (Australia) – Victory by Technical Superiority

Women’s Freestyle 74kg

  • Georgina Nelthorpe (England) def. Naomi De Bruine (Australia) – Victory by Points

In action in the Wrestling tomorrow for Australia will be Nicolaas Verreynne (Men’s 97kg) and Mehrdad Tarash (Men’s 65kg).

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