Syerus Eslami has been selected to compete for Team England at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, making a 9-strong team of wrestlers including 2018 Commonwealth bronze medallists, Charlie Bowling and Georgina Nelthorpe.
Eslami, from London, made his Team England debut at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games winning the bronze medal. Eslami was the first ever Team England wrestler in history to achieve a medal in the 86kg Freestyle weight class.
Speaking on his selection to Team England, Eslami said “It is time to shine in front of a home crowd and bring home a gold medal. I’m really pleased to be selected and want to thank those who have supported me along the way. I will do everything it takes to honour Team England.”
The 25-year-old is coached by Frank Molinaro and Jeremy Hernandez and lives in Croydon, Surrey.
His family's history for Wrestling goes generations back, his grandfather was an Olympian and his uncle competed for Great Britain. His father also wrestled and was the British school’s champion.
He will join a team of over 400 Team England athletes in total at Birmingham 2022 who will hope to capitalise on the once in a lifetime opportunity to bring home success in their own country.
Eslami replaces Myroslav Dykun following his withdrawal from the Commonwealth Games.
The Freestyle Wrestling event will take place on Friday August 5th and Saturday August 6th at Coventry Stadium and Indoor Arena, where competitors will compete across a range of different weight categories.
Syerus joins the below 8 athletes set to star for Team England as part of their Wrestling team:
Charlie Bowling, Bolton – Having taken home a bronze medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Games, Bowling will be looking to add to his success in front of a home crowd at the Games
Chloe Spiteri, Romford – Nine times British Champion, Spiteri is in a strong position to add to her former success at the Games this year having made the semi-finals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
George Ramm, Bolton – Having made his Commonwealth Games debut in 2014, Ramm will represent Team England in his third Games after finishing 4th at the Gold Coast
Georgina Nelthorpe, Burnley – As one of Team England’s Generation 22 athletes, Nelthorpe is one to watch. This year she will be looking to build on her success after bringing home a bronze medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Games
Harvey Ridings, Wigan – Nine-time national champion, the teenager has already cut his teeth at a multi-sport event having attended the 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku
Kelsey Barnes, Bolton - Following victory at the Helsinki Open in 2018, the 20-year-old has held her own at the highest level, finishing tenth at the 2022 Senior U23 European Championships
Mandhir Kooner, Wolverhampton – West midlands born, Kooner will be looking to impress his home crowd. Having won gold at the 2021 UK and 2022 English Championships, he will look to build on his impressive domestic form at this year’s Games
Sarah Clossick, Wigan – Having previously represented Team England at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, Clossick is in a strong position to build upon her success in front of a home crowd
The Commonwealth Games is a multi-sport event with a fully integrated programme of para sport disciplines and this year’s Games promises to be extra special with full stadiums and arenas after Tokyo 2020 took place behind closed doors. Birmingham 2022 is set to have the largest ever female and para sport programme in history after a new discipline of Women’s T20 Cricket and Beach Volleyball and Para Table Tennis were confirmed.
You can get behind Team England by following its social channels where each athlete will become Part of the Pride in the run up to Birmingham.