Local wrestlers succeed in Iceland

A TRIO of Carnoustie wrestlers enjoyed serious success at a pan-European competition in Iceland recently.

The three members of the Carnoustie Backhold Wrestling Club, Frazer Hirsch, Maxi Hirsch and Ryan Dolan, claimed gold, silver and bronze medals at the European Traditional Wrestling Championship in Reykjavik last month.

Frazer, founder of the Carnoustie club, was competing in the mens’ 81kg category against former European champion Matthew Le-dour from Brittany and Austrian ‘Hagmaor’ Hermann Hollwart.

In the final Frazer fought Hermann to a standstill with a masterful display that saw him come back from a two fall deficit to claim the gold.

In addition officials and team coaches were so impressed with his performance that they voted him wrestler of the tournament.

His daughter Maxi also competed, taking silver in the traditional Icelandic style of ‘Glima’ and bronze in ‘Gouren’ from Brittany and traditional Scottish backhold.

Fellow member Ryan Dolan from Dundee also enjoyed great success, taking silver in Glima and Gouren and a bronze in Scottish backhold.

William Baxter, president of the International Federation of Celtic Wrestling was impressed by Carnoustie Backhold Wrestling Club’s performance.

He said: “Frazer is a superb backhold wrestler who has competed on the Highland Games circuit and Internationally for many years. Winning gold in such a tough grouping was a testament to his talent and to be awarded Best Wrestler at Backhold a reflection of how other countries view his skills.”