24 May 2014

Six wrestlers named for Commonwealth Games

6:38 am on 24 May 2014

Six New Zealand wrestlers have been named to represent New Zealand at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Christchurch all-rounder Tayla Ford leads the team, going into the games a Commonwealth Championship bronze medallist and current Oceania champion.

The only female in the team, Ford will contest the 58kg class and look to secure a medal in the freestyle discipline.

97kg competitor Sam Belkin and heavyweight Marcus Carney are also heading to Glasgow 2014 aiming to improve on strong fourth and fifth Commonwealth Championship placings.

Carney narrowly missed selection for the London 2012 Olympic Team.

The other selections are Oceania Championship gold medallists Soukananh Thongsingh (61kg), Stephen Hill (86kg) as well as Canada-based Craig Miller who will compete in the 65kg class.

Ford represented New Zealand in Judo and played for Canterbury in women's Rugby Sevens.