Wrestler Ross is ready for Commonwealth Games call up

Emirates Stadium.  Ross McFarlane, wrestler taking part in Commonwealth Games.'Photo by Emma Mitchell'21/1/14
Emirates Stadium. Ross McFarlane, wrestler taking part in Commonwealth Games.'Photo by Emma Mitchell'21/1/14

Wrestler Ross McFarlane is confident of provisional selection next week for the squad for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

The 27-year-old, from Milngavie, will not know for sure if he will represent Scotland until the official selection is made at the end of April, but says he has reached the qualifying criteria in the last three competitions.

The former Douglas Academy pupil said: “I am quite confident that I will be selected for the provisional squad next week, but the final squad will not be officially confirmed until the end of April.”

Ross, who started wrestling when he was 14 at Milngavie Wrestling Club, took part in the English Championships in Birmingham in February and was placed third,

This was the last of the qualifiers for this summer’s Games. In December he came 5th in the Commonwealth Championships in Johannesburg - needing to finish in the top six to qualify - and in May last year he won the British Championships in Wales.

The assistant manager at Springburn Leisure Centre gave up wrestling when he was 17, but came back into the sport in 2010 after the Delhi Games. Ross now trains with the Scottish squad.

He will compete in the 55kg Freestyle category and is being allowed to take 15 weeks off work to concentrate on his training by his employer.