By Oluwaseyi Oduneye-Ogunwomoju
Port Harcourt – Wrestlers from the Bayelsa contingent are currently topping the medals table at the ongoing Gov. Wike National Wrestling Championships in Port Harcourt, Rivers.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the contingent have clinched a total of 35 medals, comprising: nine gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze.
Ondo State is second with eight gold, four silver and four bronze medals while Lagos State is third with six gold, one silver and three bronze medals.
Only three events have been concluded at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Alfred Diete-Spiff Civic Centre venue of the event.
(Odunayo Adekuruoye in blue and Fauziyya Babadu in red in the 57kg female category)
The Cadet, Junior and Greco-Roman categories have been concluded, while the female wrestling events are ongoing.
20 states and 13 clubs are participating in the wrestling fiesta and no fewer than 200 wrestlers are currently jostling for honours.
The states are: Jigawa, Kano, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Plateau, Ebonyi, Delta, Edo, Niger, Bayelsa, Rivers, Kogi, Osun, Ondo, Anambra, Enugu, Lagos, Bauchi, Ogun, Sokoto, Katsina and Kebbi.
Other participants include: the Nigeria Army, Mountain of Fire Ministries Wresting Club, the Federal Capital Territory, the Nigerian Navy, the Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps and the Nigeria Police.
Others are: Bi-chizon Wrestling Club, Jude Amadi Club, Purity Wrestling Club, Gateway Club, Dynamite Club, Spider Club and Rowpack Club.
The competition will end on Nov. 30.