Gold medalist at the just concluded Governor Nyesom Wike Wrestling Challenge Cup, Yahuza Yahaya has revealed that he learned how to wrestle by merely watching videos of the sport and practice with pillow.
Yahaya, who is one of the three athletes that represented Benue State at the championship, defeated Buhari Umar from Bauchi in the final match to emerge winner of the Greco Roman 80kg class at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Alfred Diette-Spiff Civic Center in Port Harcourt.
The remaining two athletes Adeyongo Tetese Festus (Cadet Greco 71kg) and Tsenongo Iveren Suzan (Cadet Women Freestyle 61kg) won silver medals for the Food Basket of the Nation.
In a chat with NationSport, Yahaya said after winning a gold medal in his first competition, he is now looking forward to represent the country at the African Wrestling Championship coming up next year February in Port Harcourt.
“I feel great winning gold in my first tournament and I see it as a sport that I should put all my efforts to be up there. I started wrestling in 2014 and this is my first tournament. I’ve not been able to attend competitions because of school engagement which has made me not to be stable with the sport. So I finished second school last year and wrote my NECO exam this year and that was why I have time for this tournament.
“Most times I don’t have time to train but I download wrestling videos and watch them. Sometimes when I am the only one in my room, I will be practicing with my pillow. When I see a technique I will study and practice it with my pillow. So when it remained like three weeks to the competition, my coach Adah Adamu Jonathan started teaching me what to do and with my experience from the videos, I put it into practice.
“I am very excited to qualify for the African Championship because that is one of my dreams. I will definitely try my best to do the nation proud,” Yahaya told Nation Sport. The Nation