Bel­mont coach leads na­tional team

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica War­riner

BEL­MONT coach Jad­ranko ‘Adrian’ Te­sanovic has just been named the na­tional Greco-Ro­man wrestling coach.

Te­sanovic was elected ear­lier this month to lead Wrestling Aus­tralia’s (WAI) na­tional high per­for­mance team and de­vel­op­ment pro­gram.

“I’m very proud, happy and I think it’s the peak of my coach­ing here,” Te­sanovic said.

“Ev­ery coach has a dream to coach the na­tional team.

“It’s good for wrestling in West­ern Aus­tralia too, be­cause now we’ve got our na­tional coach here.”

Te­sanovic’s du­ties will in­clude dis­cov­er­ing tal­ent, cre­at­ing new pro­grams, work­ing with the WAI and man­agers in Syd­ney, and work­ing at high per­for­mance camps.

Te­sanovic moved to Aus­tralia in 1997 af­ter the war in the for­mer Yu­goslavia, in which he was drafted as a sol­dier.

“I saw a lot, it wasn’t easy,” he said.

Te­sanovic set to work learn­ing English and study­ing, soon be­com­ing a ci­ti­zen and go­ing on to work at Princess Mar­garet Hospi­tal.

The en­thu­si­as­tic coach al­ready has cham­pi­ons in his gym MMA 24/7 at Bel­mont, in­clud­ing Ando Le­ht­mets and Troy Hum­ber­ston, with Joseph Di Vin­cenzo set to re­turn.

“Freestyle wrestling is very pop­u­lar but Greco-Ro­man is such a so­phis­ti­cated, tough sport,” he said. “It in­cludes up­per body strength and you need lots of train­ing.

The next Greco-Ro­man event for Te­sanovic is the Com­mon­wealth Wrestling Cham­pi­onship in De­cem­ber, which will be held in Jo­han­nes­burg.

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Troy ‘Her­cules’ Hum­ber­ston and new na­tional wrestling coach Jad­ranko ‘Adrian’ Te­sanovic.

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