Superb silver medal in Latvia for wrestler Thorpe

BEST OF BRITISH -- the Team GB wrestling squad, including Shaun Thorpe and Lewis Brown, that made the trip to Latvia.
BEST OF BRITISH -- the Team GB wrestling squad, including Shaun Thorpe and Lewis Brown, that made the trip to Latvia.

A superb silver medal was won by Shaun Thorpe, a wrestler with the Middleton and Wirksworth club, when he was called up to the Great Britain squad.

Thorpe, and teammate Lewis Brown, were chosen to represent their country at the Jelgava Youth Open tournament in Latvia.

And Thorpe, competing in the 49kg weight group against ten rivals, showed he meant business from the off by making light work of his first opponent with a pin inside the opening minute.

This victory put him in to the semi-finals where he showed good technique and leg attacks again, pinning his man and winning a dream ticket to the final and the chance of a gold medal.

In the final, Thorpe came up agaiknst a highly-supported local wrestler and, unfortunately, he himself was pinned this time. However, he still returned home with a proud silver, which was a brilliant result.

Meanwhile Brown, competing in the competitive 44kg category, faced a tall order against 21 other wrestlers. He was knocked out in the second round against a very technical Estonian, but he didn’t go down without a fight, scoring a terrific four-point move, and was ranked 16th overall in the competition.

The Middleton and Wirksworth club’s coach and Fila referee, Richard Phillips, also made the trip to Latvia and took the mats to the referee.