Tunisia was one of three teams who entered into the final session of wrestling with a quartet of finalists, but their trio of gold medalists helped the host nation hoist the freestyle team trophy on the last day of wrestling in Hammamet’s Omni Sports Hall.
Tunisia, who finished with 183 points, had three champions and seven overall medalists who assisted them in narrowly edging Egypt (180 points) by three points for the tournaments top spot. Their trio of champions was Ayoub Barrah, Sabri Mnasriya, and Mohamed Saadaoui.
In the 79kg finals, two-time defending champion Ayoub Barraj dismantled Algeria’s Fateh Benferdjallah, 10-0 and won his third consecutive title.
Tunisia’s second freestyle title of the day went to Sabri Minasriya who hung on to defeat Oussama Regani (MAR), 2-1, in the 86kg finals. Their third and final championship performance came at 92kg where Mohamed Saadaoui shutout Egypt’s defending African champion Hosam Merghany, 6-0.
Egypt finished in second place, thanks to their three champions, Amr Hussen, Khaled Elmoatamadawi, and Khaled Abdalla.
At 70kg, returning silver medalist Amr Hussen trailed 1-0 after the opening period but ignited for eight second period points before planting 2018 African bronze medalist Fares Lakel (ALG) on his back for the fall.
Elmoatamadawi and Abdalla, the 97kg and 130kg winners respectively, went undefeated in their Nordic system tournaments, claiming Egypt’s second and third freestyle titles.
Freestyle Team Scores
GOLD – Tunisia (183 points)
SILVER – Egypt (180 points)
BRONZE – Algeria (117 points)
Fourth – Morocco (90 points)
Fifth – Nigeria (63 points)
GOLD – Abdelhak KHERBACHE (ALG) df. Chakir ANSARI (MAR), 3-1
BRONZE – Gamal Abdelnaser Hanafy MOHAMED (EGY) df. Ebikewenimo WELSON (NGR), via inj. def.
GOLD – Adama DIATTA (SEN) df. Yasser Eshhata Abady AHMED (EGY), 12-0
BRONZE – Mohamed Al Amine LAKEL (ALG) df. Farouk JELASSI (TUN), 4-0
GOLD – Mbunde CUMBA MBALI (GBS) df. Aly Ibrahim Abdelhamid ABDELHAMID (EGY), 13-0
BRONZE – Reagan NDOMBASI MATADI (COD) df. DJEKOUNDAKOM DJERAYOM Elie (CHA), via forfeit
BRONZE – Kaireddine BEN TELILI (TUN) df. Chems BOUCHAIB (ALG), 16-6
GOLD – Fares LAKEL (ALG) df. Amr Reda Ramadan HUSSEN (EGY), 8-3
BRONZE – Rabii REGANI (MAR) df. Haithem DAKHLAOUI (TUN), via fall
GOLD – Ogbonna JOHN (NGR) df. Maher GHANMI (TUN), 8-1
BRONZE – Saifeldin ELKOUMY (EGY) df. Essam ELHAG (SUD), via forfeit
BRONZE – Augusto MIDANA (GBS) df. Kasimir MADJADOUM (CHA), 10-0
GOLD – Ayoub BARRAJ (TUN) df. Fateh BENFERDJALLAH (ALG), 10-0
BRONZE – Aboubakr GADELMAWLA (EGY) df. Alberto da Silva GUNZA (ANG), 15-5
BRONZE – Ekerekeme AGIOMOR (NGR) df. Zander GERINGER (RSA), 12-1
GOLD – Sabri MNASRIYA (TUN) df. Oussama REGANI (MAR), 2-1
BRONZE – Melvin BIBO (NGR) df. Blaise DIATTA (SEN), via fall
BRONZE – Bedopassa BUASSAT DJONDE (GBS) df. Nicolaas DE LANGE (RSA), 10-2
GOLD – Mohamed SAADAOUI (TUN) df. Hosam Mohamed Mostafa MERGHANY (EGY), 6-0
BRONZE – Aron Isomi MBO (COD) df. Francisco Nkunga NGONDA (ANG), 18-4
BRONZE – Mohammed FARDJ (ALG) df. Johan MOSTERT (RSA), 10-0
97kg (Round Robin)
GOLD – Khaled Masoud Ismail ELMOATAMADAWI (EGY)
SILVER – Meher DAHMANI (TUN)
BRONZE – Mohamed Saliou CAMARA (GUI)
125kg (Round Robin)
GOLD – Khaled Omr Zaki Mohamed ABDALLA (EGY)
SILVER – Abdelmoneim ADOULI (TUN)
BRONZE – Ahmed SEREHALI (MAR)