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Another Nigerian wrestler qualifies for Paris Olympics

Posted : 25 March 2024

As the African/Oceania Olympic qualifiers in Alexandria, Egypt, concluded, Ashton Mutuwa has joined the list of Nigerian wrestlers heading to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The American-born wrestler from Plateau State produced a spirited display to overpower South African Justin VAN ZYL with a 16-8 pinfall to secure the Olympic slot.

Ashton Mutuwa, who recently pledged his allegiance to Nigeria over America, will be making his first-ever Olympic appearance in Paris.

Nigerian wrestler Harrison Onovwiomobohwo, competing in the 86kg category, missed out on the Olympic slot to Australian Jayden A. Lawrence after losing on a 4-4 points criteria decision.

Despite putting up what seems to be his best performance in a while, Braveman Oyeinkeperemo, competing in the 74kg category, lost 2-10 to Bacar NDUM of Guinea-Bissau in the semi-final, adding to the evening's disappointment for the Nigerian male freestyle wrestlers.

Earlier, Simeon Enozumini and Izolo Stephen were unable to make it to the semi-finals in the men's freestyle category after losing their respective round matches.


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