Cordillera wrestlers steal limelight

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Friday, May 9, 2014


CORDILLERA Administrative Region will soon have a new gold mine for the annual Palarong Pambansa as wrestling will be included among the regular competition sports.

Despite being played as a demo competition for the 2014 edition, young wrestlers from the Cordillera closed out with a strong performance against 16 other regions in the annual sports spectacle backed by the Department of Education and Philippine Sports Commission.

CAR grabbed a total of three gold, two silver, and four bronze medals to put up a second overall stint in the 2014 Palaro held in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Baguio based wrestlers Jeferson Ignas (42kg), Henry Foy-os (54kg), together with David Caoili (50kg) from Benguet led CAR in the secondary boys division earning one gold medal apiece.

Arselyn Battatung (40kg) and Lovelyn Bandao (44kg) each snatched a silver medal in the secondary distaff, while John Mar Pat-angay (46kg), Anthony Tenollar(58kg), Clarizza Mae Hagitan (56kg) and Bless Napiloy (52kg) bagged the third honors for bronze.

“We are very happy with the performances showcased by our athletes. Hopefully next year, when this will be included among the regular sports we’d be able help Cordillera’s medal count,” said wrestling coach Pyron Pusot.

Pusot added they will improve their techniques in order to improve next year’s Palaro competition.

“We have seen a few of the areas we are lacking so maybe if we try to improve and practice a little better we can totally dominate this sport,” Pusot added.

CAR came out a little short against this year’s overall champion Davao Region (Region 11) who finished with three gold, three silver, and one bronze.

“This was really a close contest, we were tied with Davao in the gold tally but as was mandated by in the new and official rule, the second basis for the ranking will be the number of silver medals,” Pusot quipped.
“CAR would have been the overall champion if the point system was based on the international wrestling point system, where gold is equivalent to ten points, silver for nine, and so on,” Pusot added.

Based on the point system, CAR would have gained 86 points while Region 11 will rank in second with 75 points.

Based on R.A. 10588 or the Palarong Pambansa Act of 2013, the previous point system conversion of the number of medals acquired will already be replaced with a uniform and standard medal count for ranking basis.

Meanwhile, CAR still sits in the fourth overall rank with 15-9-9, coming from combative sports as arnis closed with 9-3-4, taekwondo currently with 3-2-3 from the poomsae events, and archery with 3-2-2.

Athletes from the National Capital Region remain strong with 57-39-34, Southern Tagalog in second place with 21-26-30 slightly leading the third rank Western Visayas with 21-15-25 as of 1 P.M. of May 9.

The 56th staging of the Palarong Pambansa officially opened May 5th at the Sta. Cruz Sports Complex with close to 15,000 in attendance.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 10, 2014.

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