Samuel Giger (24) is wide awake on Sunday morning. The Thurgau Confederate doesn’t need long in the first course of the Zurich Cantonal in Ossingen, when his swing opponent Samir Leuppi lies flat in the sawdust after a short move.
Then it rolls at the 23-time winner of the wreath festival: Florian Riget and Roger Rychen also have to bow to Giger until noon. Only Remo Ackermann from Tösstal can keep up with Giger on points after the first three courses – but without having attacked an opponent with a big name. Also unbeaten at lunchtime: Michael Bless from Appenzeller.
Ott with two places, Orlik wins three times
The morning was disappointing for Kilchberg festival winner Damian Ott, who, after beating Fabian Kindlimann at the start, faced both Janic Voggensperger, who had moved from Basel to Thurgau, and Roman Wittenwiler.
In the meantime, Armon Orlik is not showing any weaknesses in Erstfeld. The Graubünden native wins his three first courses against Andi Imhof, Ronny Creator and Stefan Ettlin at the Canton of Uri and has excellent prospects of winning his first Kranzfest victory since 2019. With Lario Kramer and Dario Gwerder, two athletes are even a quarter point ahead of Orlik, Stefan Arnold also has three wins under his belt.
Surprise man Mangold flattens Räbmatter
There is a surprise at the Solothurner Kantonal in Nunningen shortly before the lunch break. The Aargauer Brocken Patrick Räbmatter, up to then with two wins at the top, is defeated by Michael Mangold. The 25-year-old surprise man Mangold (carpenter by profession, 6 wreaths so far) is in the lead after three courses with three tens, a full point ahead of non-wreathmaker Sascha Streich.
They are followed by the Aargau comebackers: Nick Alpiger, David Schmid and Tobias Widmer can all still hope for the final with 28.75 points. The same applies to Joel Strebel, who started with 28.50 points after being placed against Alpiger. So it’s clear: It’s going to be a hot afternoon on the country’s wrestling grounds. (e.g.)