International success for Tryst Lions

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TRYST Lions Wrestling Club recently visited Belgium for the 34th Annual KWIK International in the small town of Kruibeke, near Antwerp.

Ross Connelly, Taylor McCann, Lee McKeown and Lewis Waddell, with Steven McKeown as coach, competed and brought back success for the Lions.

Taylor won four matches to claim a prestigious gold at 44kg; Ross won three bouts to achieve silver at 38kg while Lewis also earned silver at 76kg. Additionally, Lee acquired fourth in a difficult 60kg section. Upon returning home, coach David Connelly said: “The lads did well against tough opposition. The results we achieved shows that putting a lot of effort into training will pay off on the big stage.

“We couldn’t have asked for anymore from our wrestlers. Hopefully next year we can continue to improve on our good results.”

Over 200 competitors from 25 different clubs from around Europe attended the event, with teams from France, Germany, Russia and even a national selection from Israel competing in the annual tournament. Several other British clubs also made an appearance at the event, including teams from Stockton and Wigan.

The club is now building towards the future and is looking and for a new intake of wrestlers, both male and female, of any age category. Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8 and 9.30pm for seniors and 7-8pm for kids (age six to 12).

The club can be contacted on their website at or on Facebook at