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National bronze is reward for Tommy Hawthorn
Bradford's Tommy Hawthorn has won a bronze medal at the Senior English Open Wrestling Championships in Solihull, Birmingham.
The 18-year-old won four of his five matches in the freestyle 74kg, the loss being to the eventual winner Alex Gladkow, a Ukrainian who represents Scotland.
However, Tommy was drawn back into the tournament by virtue of a repechage and won all four matches, beating an Iranian in the bronze-medal match.
It was a particularly tough tournament as the top six wrestlers were from the Ukraine, Russia, Great Britain (Tommy), Iran, Mongolia and Poland.
Tommy is now focusing on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.
His father and coach Jimmy has been in touch with Bill Zadick, a former world champion and the national freestyle developmental coach for the USA at the Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs.
Tommy is hoping to get out there before the Commonwealth Games.
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