Wrestler Lo­bre­guito set­tles for bronze

Manila Bulletin - - Mindanao News - By WAYLON GALVEZ

ASHGABAT, Turk­menistan — Alvin Lo­bre­guito gave the Philip­pines its first medal af­ter set­tling for the bronze fol­low­ing his semi­fi­nal de­feat Satur­day in Tra­di­tional Wrestling in the fifth Asian In­door and Mar­tial Arts Games (AIMAG) at the Ashgabat Olympic Sta­dium.

Lo­bre­guito lost to the host na­tion’s Ýakup­nazar Yakubow, 4-0, in the 57kg freestyle, but with only four en­tries in the di­vi­sion, the Filipino en­try was as­sured of a bronze even be­fore the start of the match.

Yakubow over­pow­ered Lo­bre­guito in just 30 sec­onds to the de­light of about 5,000 crowd that cheered their coun­try­man.

Even with the set­back, Lo­bre­guito is ex­pected to re­ceive 1400,000 for earn­ing a bronze medal from the govern­ment, through the Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sioner (PSC), based on RA 10699 (Cash In­cen­tives Act).

The other Filipino fight­ers, Noemi Tener, Johnny Morte and Grace Lober­anes, like­wise lost in the quar­ter­fi­nal round of this multi-sports event or­ga­nized by the Olympic Coun­cil of Asia (OCA).

Tener lost to Am­breen Masih of Pak­istan, 4-1, in the 58kg, Lober­anes dropped her match against La­cyn Badaglyyewa of Turk­menistan, 5-0, in 52kg, while Morte fell to Turk­man Döwlet­geldi Berdiyew, 5-0, in the 68kg.

The com­pe­ti­tions in both tra­di­tional wrestling as well as in jiu-jitsu kicked off Satur­day ahead of the open­ing cer­e­mony Sun­day af­ter­noon at the main sta­dium.

The jiu-jitsu fight­ers, how­ever, had the lux­ury of rest for one day af­ter their sched­ules in their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories were moved to Mon­day. The draw is set Sun­day evening. The 10 jiu-jitsu en­tries are Mar­garita “Meg­gie” Ochoa, a three-time cham­pion in In­ter­na­tional Brazil­ian Jiu-Jitsu Fed­er­a­tion World Cham­pi­onship, two-time Asian Beach Games gold medal­ist An­nie Ramirez, Hansel Ter­ence Co, Gian Dee, Mark Lim, Gol­bert Am­bao, Apryl Ep­pinger, LouAnn Jin­dani and Carolina Pa­jaron.

The coun­try is hop­ing to sur­pass its measly one-gold, two-bronze medals col­lec­tion in the last AIMAG in In­cheon, South Korea, and Chef de Mis­sion Mon­sour del Rosario is up­beat that it can be achieved.

“I’m pretty op­ti­mistic, ath­letes are re­laxed and they seemed to be con­fi­dent,” said del Rosario, a one­time Olympian.

The cam­paign of the Philip­pines con­tin­ues Mon­day as ten­nis play­ers Je­son Pa­trom­bon, Anna Clarice Pat­ri­mo­nio and Khim Iglu­pas, and fight­ers from Muay Thai take the spot­light.

A vet­eran of the South­east Asian (SEA) Games, the 24-year-old Pa­trom­bon is the coun­try’s lone en­ter in the men’s sin­gle’s of the in­door ten­nis, and he will team up with Iglu­pas in the mixed dou­bles.

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