Celtic Cup 2019

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The British Wrestling Academy, Salford hosted a tremendous “dual meet”  on Sunday 26 May between a Great Britain team drawn from the Build for Birmingham squad and the Roger Williams University Wrestling Team, Rhode Island, USA (the Hawks). 

In addition, some younger athletes put on an exhibition of technical wrestling demonstrating that the future is very bright for GBR.

For the first time in many years, a full team contested all ten UWW weight categories and huge congratulations and thanks are due to each of the coaches and athletes who represented GBR at this high profile event.

GBR won nine of the ten matches plus the additional match and the Celtic Cup now resides back here for the first time in eight years.  The event was well organised by Barry Pollin, the bouts were entertaining and there was a large crowd there to see. There were also many friends of Wrestling invited, all of whom gained a great insight into the sport.

The Celtic Cup Team Leader Alan Jones said, “Fantastic day with outstanding wrestling showing all that we are serious about Great Britain reaching any target put in front of us.” [Alan Jones Wales – British Wrestling]


Team Manager – Alan Jones
Celtic Cup Coaches – Mohammadali Haghighatdoust, Steve McKeown & Oleg Druzhynets

Celtic Cup Athletes – Malachy O’Rourke (57kgs), Muhammad Mokaev (61kgs), Brett Hawthorne (65kgs), Charlie Bowling (70kgs), Nicolae Cojocaru (74kgs), Lewis McGrath (79kgs), Pedram Nikabadi (86kgs) Amir Ghasemikia (92kgs), Ash Roden (97kgs) & Andy Downs (125kgs)

Celtic Cup (Additional Match) – Mojtaba Faithizadeh (65kgs)


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Thanks to Dave Morgan for a comprehensive set of photos – more available on:


From Saturday 25 May 2019Wednesday 29 May 2019 the British Wrestling Academy, Salford will be hosting a wrestling team from Roger Williams University, Rhode Island, USA for an international training camp and wrestling tournament (3:00pm on Sunday 26 May).

45 x male athletes (between the ages of 19/23yrs) plus their coaches will be training at the Academy along with the best British athletes (both senior and junior).



May 26 2019


3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


No Cost
The British Wrestling Academy


The British Wrestling Academy
41-43 Great Clowes St Salford M7 1RQ
Barry Pollin


Barry Pollin
07977 201505
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