Wel­come mat for Es­to­nian

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

HE is the wrestler tipped for big things by Greco-Ro­man wrestling coach Jad­ranko ‘Adrian’ Te­sanovic.

East Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent Taaniel Pi­iskop­pel (23) moved from Es­to­nia to Perth in Oc­to­ber 2017, af­ter an ini­tial stint in WA dur­ing 2015 and 2016, in time to claim two gold medals at the WA State Cham­pi­onships in Novem­ber.

His prepa­ra­tion now turns to the Na­tional Wrestling Cham­pi­onship, where Te­sanovic be­lieves Pi­iskop­pel will strike gold again.

Te­sanovic said Pi­iskop­pel was a very “classy” wrestler able to teach his fel­low wrestlers at MMA 24/7 in Bel­mont.

“Es­to­nia is known as a place that pro­duces a lot of Olympic wrestlers,” he said.

“Taaniel has com­peted in three Euro­pean to com­pete.”

Pi­iskop­pel said he had started wrestling when he was six years old at the re­quest of his father.

“Wrestling is quite a pop­u­lar sport and when I was young my father took me to the

mat and asked the coach to turn me into a wrestler,” he said.

“I felt con­fi­dent go­ing into the WA State Cham­pi­onships but the fi­nal matches were very in­tense but I’m happy I won both.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d478841

Taaniel Pi­iskop­pel has al­ready made his mark on the WA wrestling scene.

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