Kiwi wrestlers miss out on two more bronze medals in Birmingham

Brodyn Knuckey
Source: 1News

New Zealand wrestlers Cole Hawkins and Suraj Singh have finished fourth in their respective competitions after losing their bronze medal fights on Sunday morning.

Cole Hawkins.

Hawkins and Singh were two of the tree Kiwis in action on Saturday night pushing for more wrestling medals following Ford's success the day before and Hawkins got off to a great start to do it.

The 23-year-old beat Kenya's Mathayo Matonya Mahabila on points after winning both periods of their match before also taking down Mohamed Sesay of Sierra Leone in the men's 74kg quarterfinals to book his place in the semis.

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Despite his best efforts against Pakistan's Muhammad Sharif Tahir in that next bout, Hawkins lost by technical superiority, sending him to a bronze medal match against Jasmit Singh Phulka from Canada.

Phulka jumped out to an early lead in points in the bout and controlled it from there, finishing up with the bronze in a technical superiority victory over Hawkins.

Singh earned a bronze medal opportunity thanks in part to a favourable draw with his only result of the day so far being a technical superiority defeat to Kumar Ravi of India in the men's 57kg quarterfinals.

In his fight against Pakistan's Ali Asad, Singh went down by technical superiority as well but wasn't able to score a point.

New Zealand's other wrestler of the day, Michelle Montague, was eliminated after losing her opening bout 3-5 to India's Pooja Sihag.

It mean's the New Zealand wrestling team finishes with one medal in Birmingham after Tayla Ford's bronze on Saturday morning.