wrestling duo grab medals!

Sam Oliver and Jacob Wood of Epworth are champion wrestlers. Sam won silver in the men's < 67kg and Jacob won gold in the cadets open. Picture: Andrew Kershaw
Sam Oliver and Jacob Wood of Epworth are champion wrestlers. Sam won silver in the men's < 67kg and Jacob won gold in the cadets open. Picture: Andrew Kershaw
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WRESTLING with success were two sportsmen from the Isle earlier this month.

Sam Oliver (20) of Tottermire Lane in Epworth, and Jacob Wood (17) of Haxey, took part in the recent Chikhara No Gi Submission Grappling Tournament at Scunthorpe.

Submission wrestling is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on clinch and ground fighting with the aim of obtaining a submission using submission holds.

Sam, who celebrates his 21st birthday next week and trains and fights under Dan Gibbon at Gainsborough MMA Gym, beat off three fighters in the under 67kg category to make his way to the final but unfortunately was beaten into second spot and took the silver.

He said: “Last year I competed and I didn’t pass the group stages and this year I turned it round and I got into the final.

“I need to sort my nerves out, I have been in three finals now and twice my nerves have got the better of me, in the third fight I was just beaten by a better wrestler.

“I was pleased though to get my first competitive submission finish in the semi final winning it via Armbar.”

For Jacob this was his first real competition and he won the cadets under 18 section at open weight.

Sam said: “I think he’s got a lot of potential.”

It has been a busy few weeks for Sam as he returned to Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas in August, having travelled there last year, spending time under the instruction of seven times Brazilian national wrestling champion Rodrigo Artilheiro; Jiu-Jitsu black belt, TUF finalist and ADCC 2011 heavyweight champion Vinny Magalhaes, catch wrestling coach Eric Nicksick and pro MMA fighter John Hahn.

And he said of the next few months: “I am just going to work hard in the gym and get a good competition year next year.”

He thanked coach Dan Gibbon and the rest of the team at Gainsborough MMA for their help and guidance.