Amateur wrestling runs strong in the McColl family blood as the two youngest brothers picked up bronze medals at the New Zealand wrestling and grappling championships in Hamilton recently.
Sean McColl, 13, claimed his medal in the 53kg class for 12 to 13-year-olds. It was a follow-up to his victory in the 47kg division of the national secondary schools' wrestling championships in April.
"I know I could have won. I was disappointed I lost," he said.
The teenager has previously split victories at the Waikato and North Island championships against a Hamilton rival who took the national title this year.
Tadhg McColl, 11, felt he had met his expectations at this stage of his development.
His bronze came in the 47kg class, also for 12 to 13-year-olds.
"I thought I would be third or second because there's a few people that can beat me."
Both are members of the Alton club under coach Graham Campbell, who said the standard at this year's event was very good.
They are two of five McColl brothers and a sister who have wrestled at a competitive level.
The biggest achiever was Connor McColl, chosen at 15 for the New Zealand secondary schools' wrestling team to compete at last year's Down Under tournament on the Gold Coast.
Tragedy struck when Connor fractured vertebra in his neck during a match, leaving him paralysed on his left side.
Through hard rehabilitation, Connor is making a complete recovery, although he is now unable to compete in wrestling.
But his younger brothers are undaunted and also want to represent their country.
"I've got my eye on going to the Down Under tournament next year," Sean said.
For the first time the tournament, which hosts New Zealand, American and Australian youth wrestlers, will be held on home shores in Auckland.
The boys are also amped about the fact the 2013 New Zealand secondary schools' championships will be held on home ground. Hawera's TSB Hub will host next year's event on April 13.
- © Fairfax NZ News
Have you lost faith in Taranaki rugby?Related story: Taranaki lose to Waikato
Get Taranaki's frequent news and sport updates