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Wrestling is one of the oldest forms of combat, referred to in the ancient Greek poem of Troy and illustrated in 15,000-year-old cave drawings in France. Early Egyptian and Babylonian reliefs show moves still used today.

Always popular in ancient Greece, wrestling held a prominent place in the Olympic Games. The very first Olympic games featured only the sports of Wrestling and basic Athletics. Wrestling was developed by ancient Greeks to train soldiers in hand-to-hand combat. After defeating the Greeks, the Roman Empire adopted wrestling from the Greeks, but eliminated much of the brutality. The Greeks feared that the true methods and traditions of the sport would be lost, and Greco-Roman wrestling style was born.

Wrestling is currently in its fourth year at Grey College and boasts promising wrestlers, including three current SA champions and several wrestlers who have represented the school at provincial level. Three of the Grey wrestlers were awarded with national colours in the last four years.  Martin Van Niekerk, an Old Grey who matriculated in 2013 and an African wrestling champion, joined the coaching staff in 2018 and school wrestling has grown significantly since, not only at Grey but nationwide.

More frequent exposure to matches against strong competition allows wrestlers to improve their techniques and knowledge of the sport.

Grey College’s Wrestling team competes in duals against the top Wrestling Schools in the country. In the first term the Wrestling team travels to Sarel Cilliers High School in Glencoe and HTS Drostdy in Worcester to compete in duals against two of the best wrestling schools in the country. The Wrestling team also competes during inter-schools with the likes of Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool from Pretoria and Hoër Jongenskool Paarl from Paarl. The fourth term brings with it the biggest schools wrestling tournament in South Africa, the Grey College Wrestling Invitational Tournament, hosted by Grey College. The tournament hosts the 6 top Schools Wrestling teams in South Africa.

Grey has over years produced excellent wrestlers who competed at international level and represented South Africa in this great sport.

We are excited for what the future holds in the sport of Wrestling in South Africa and for Grey College.

“Wrestling is a sport that has turned many boys into men and many men into leaders. And it is a sport in which you can be a giant regardless of how big you are.” – Carl Albert

“Wrestlers Compete as Individuals, Yet the Sport Builds Comradery Like No Other. Friendships among teammates are for life.” – Cael Sanderson (Olympic Gold Medallist)

2019 INDVIDUELE PRESTASIES:

Grey Erekleure:
Crowther van Niekerk –       Erewapen
Johan Maritz  –                      Halfkleure


Protea: Junior
Crowther van Niekerk


Internasionale deelname:

Crowther van Niekerk:   Junior Proteaspan, Afrika Kampioenskappe, Tunisië.
Driehoekige toernooi tussen RSA, VSA-Oregon en Namibië.

Lourens Nortjé: SA Jeugspan, ISF World Combat Games, o/15 Vrystyl o/68 kg, Hongarye.

Hano Kruger:                  SA Jeugspan, ISF World Combat Games, o/15 Grieks-Romeins, o/48kg, Hongarye.


SA-Kampioene:

Crowther van Niekerk:  Junior Grieks Romeins o/82 kg

Louis van Niekerk:           o/15 Grieks Romeins o/75 kg

Hano Kruger:                   o/13 Vrystyl o/48 kg

 

SA-medaljes:

Crowther van Niekerk:  Brons Junior Vrystyl o/86 kg

Johan Maritz:               Brons o/17 Vrystyl o/92 kg

Lourens Nortjé:              Silwer o/15 Vrystyl o 68 kg

Ruan Davel:                    Brons o/13 Vrystyl o/57 kg

Hano Kruger:               Silwer o/13 Grieks Romeins o/48 kg

 

Vrystaatkleure:

Ruan Davel
Hano Kruger
Bennie Vorster
Herman Kemp
Ruan Corbett
Lourens Nortjé
Louis Van Niekerk
Johan Maritz
Crowther van Niekerk

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