Beefit's young wrestlers shine-A A +A
Saturday, September 28, 2013
FRESH off a dominant run in the Batang Pinoy Mindanao Qualifying Leg last month, young Davao wrestlers are training its guns for the upcoming national finals in Bacolod City.
Four of these wrestlers are mainstays of BeeFit Gym in Davao City.
One of the notable young talents from this gym is Donald Glenn Occeña. The 15-year-old student of Leon Garcia, Sr. National High School clinched the gold medal in the 66 kg division with barely two weeks of learning the ropes of the sport.
A sibling of one of his trainers invited him to try wrestling as a sport and from there he enjoyed himself with a newfound passion.
Recalling his experience at the BP qualifiers held in Tagum City, Occeña said “Dili lalim magcompete (It’s not that easy to compete)."
He, however, admitted that he didn’t expect to win the gold in his first competition, adding: "Ganahan na kaayo ko (I really enjoy wrestling).”
Occeña also said his sport makes him more productive with his time, saying, “Maayo pa kaysa walay pulos na ginabuhat, o magsige lang dula ug computer (This is better than spending time doing useless things or playing computer games all the time).”
The young wrestler is still hungry to achieve more as he also aims to win a gold medal in an international competition someday.
Occeña’s keys to success are simple, saying that all he does is focus and listen to his coach.
He draws inspiration from his mother Maricel who he said was surprised with his Batang Pinoy feat considering that wrestling was the only sport that he has ever engaged in.
Occeña was glad to have made his mother proud.
Clay Posadas, meanwhile, snatched the 59 kgs gold as he leaned on his one-year training program under the watchful eyes of his father-cum-trainer Bambi Posadas.
Clay, 14, has gone a long way since he started with wrestling. He copped a gold medal in March during the National Scholastic Wrestling Takedown Challenge held in Manila.
The St. Augustine third-year High School student trains daily as he also dreams to become a mixed martial artist just like his father. He, however, revealed that he needs to balance his studies and training.
“Dapat maproud siya (father Bambi) sa akin," Clay said.
It would seem that he has attained it to some degree, as his father says that he is confident of his son’s chances in the nationals set Nov. 19 to 23.
Bambi said he trained his son in wrestling because it was retained as an Olympic sport. Although the Philippines has never had much success in Olympic wrestling, he has not ruled out the dream of his child competing in it.
Other Bacolod-bound wrestlers being trained by Bambi are J Bernal who bagged the 35kg gold, Glyzabeth Abucayan who won the bulinggit girls gold and Kay Nur Villacarlos who got the bulinggit boys gold.
Bambi says that are currently doing wrestling drills and cardio workout as part of their preparations.
"Kulang pa ang practice. I never pressure them to win. They should enjoy themselves and always do their best,” Bambi added.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 29, 2013.