The Wrestling Association of Philippines (WAP) wrapped up it’s campaign today with another bronze medal from Jason Balabal in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in N.I.S (1), Yangon, Myanmar.
With only 5 entries in the Men’s Freestyle 84kg event, the game was played in a round robin format wherein Balabal had to play all four other entries. Balabal lost his first match against Thailand’s Methee Tepakam by superiority (13-6). He then won his next to matches against Chheang Hong Kov of Cambodia (by default) and Myanmar’s Myint Htun Zaw (by superiority).
His last match was against Indonesia’s Fahrjansya, who won all his three previous matches. A win against the Indonesian wrestler could have clinched Balabal the silver, but he lost his last fight by superiority, 10-2, thus settling for the bronze medal.
Fahrjansya won the gold, while Thailand’s Tepakam took the silver.
With Balabal’s bronze medal today, our Fiilipino wrestlers end up their Myanmar SEA Games campaign with 2 silver and 4 bronze medals, a far cry from their 2 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze in 2011. This year, wrestling though sent fewer athletes.
Balabal is bringing home two medals, a silver from Greco-Romand and a bronze from Freestyle.
Maragarito Angana, Jr. won a silver medal in the Greco-Roman (GR) 55 kg., while Alvin Lobreguito (Freestyle 55kg), Johnny Morte (Freestyle 60kg) and and Joseph Angana (Freestyle 66kg) won a bronze medal each.
Although WAP was disappointed with the medal outcome this year, they believe that the SEA Games experience was something very signification to the association.
In WAP’s official FP page, WAP’s Secretary General Karlo Sevilla said that though the gold medal proved elusive this time, it was still best that WAP’s veteran and relatively newer athletes (and coaches) participated in this SEAG, as it made them further realize their competitive level vis-a-vis their counterparts in the SEA region (rightly before plunging into the Asian and world level competitions), along with all the other important lessons learned.
And amid the not so glorious finish of the Filipino wrestlers, WAP continues to express their all out support to their team.
“We in the WAP leadership will never regret expressing our strong faith in them, in their individual gold-medal winning potential, before our SEAG Task Force in order to effectively negotiate for their participation,” Sevilla wrote.