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Wrestling preview - 3 August

03 August 2002

Day two of the Manchester 2002 wrestling competition sees Canada’s big names join the fray.

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Current world champion Guivi Sissaouri (60kg) and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games gold medallist Daniel Igali (74kg) will both be looking to add Commonwealth Games titles to their collections.

Sissaouri has been drawn in Pool 2 at 60kg, with the other likely medal contenders grouped in Pool 1.

Australia’s Cory O’Brien, an Olympian in 1996 and 2000, will be looking to maximise his experience, while Paul Stridgeon(ENG), who was born in Wigan, will certainly have the home crowd on his side.

There do not appear to be any major obstacles in Igali’s path to the semi-final at 74kg. Other medal hopefuls in the draw include the veteran South African Bennie Labuschagne in Pool 4 and five-time Oceania champion Rein Ozoline (AUS) in Pool 1.

At 96kg the two leading medal candidates stayed apart in the draw.

Canada’s Dean Schmeichel faces Johan Rossouw (ENG) and Muhammad Bashir Bhola of Pakistan in Pool 1.

In Pool 2 Igor Praporshchikov (AUS) should make his way past India’s Anil Kumar Mann and Victor Kodei (NGR).

The evening session on Saturday sees the medal matches from Friday’s elimination pools at 55kg, 66kg, 84kg and 120kg.

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