The Go For Gold (G4G) Philippines team presented a preview of its competitive fire in the Southeast Asian Games next year after collecting six gold medals in the last Southeast Asian Senior Fighting Championships in the Dalubhasaan Lungsod of San Pablo City in Laguna.
Veterans Margarito Angana and Michael Vijay Cater ruled their weight classes at the Greco Roman event along with Noel Norada in the week's meeting with the best wrestlers in 11 countries.
Angana did not lose the skills that turned him into a gold medalist of the SEA Games after defeating Plyabut Wiratul of Thailand in 60 kg of men, while Cater took the 55 kg title at the expense of another Thai, Nattawut Keawkhanchum, before Norada do the three in a row, sending Vietnam Pham Van Co.
Luke Cross overcame the 125 kg male-style category after winning Dimas Septo Anueraha from Indonesia in the finals, joining the Minalyn Foy-os freestyle gold medalist (57 kg) and Noemi Tener (68 kg) on the podium.
"We are very proud of our fighters. We believe that, with our support, they can earn more gold medals for the country," said Go To Gold Filipinas, stepfather Jeremy Go.
Jason Balabal, another gold medalist in the SEA Games twice, was not as successful. He lost his final game with an Indonesian player at the 87-mile male of Greco Roman, while Jefferson Manatad also leaned Indonesia's Supriono in the 77-kilometer class.
They also placed Ronil Tubog (61 kg) and Francis Villanueva (97 kg) for silver, as well as freestyle wrestlers, Lady Grace Loberanes (50 kg), Kristine Jambora (53 kg), Shelly Avalino (62 kg) and Sweet Berry Pérez (72 kgs).
Supported by Go For Gold Philippines, the Philippine pastors also pocketed eight silver medals and 13 bronze medals.
Vietnam has brought home 12 gold, 11 silver medals and nine bronze medals to guarantee the overall title of the tournament designed to measure competition at sea level.
The Greek specialists Jonathan Maquilan (63 kg), Exxel Tubog (67 kg), Jason Baucas (72 kg), Ronaldo Salon (97 kg) and Smael Trazona (130 kg) ended bronze medals, along with freestyle wrestlers Alvin Lobreguito (57 kg), Jhonny Morte (61 kg), Joseph Angana (65 kg), Jossel Canolas (65 kg), Anthony Pajaron (70 kg) and Royce Tiu (86 kg).
He also participated in the freestyle event of 65 kilometers of women and obtained a bronze along with Bemyla Bernas (57 kg).