Fernando Booysen, left, was one of two South African wrestlers to claim gold ©Twitter

South African wrestlers claimed two gold medals as the cadet freestyle competition got underway at the African Wrestling Championships at the Alfred Diete-Spif Civic Centre in Port Harcourt.

The first gold for South Africa in Nigeria came courtesy of Fernando Booysen, who defeated Tunisia's Oussama Jmal in the final of the 48 kilogram division by an 8-3 scoreline.

Algeria's Mohamed Benmehiriz claimed bronze with a 10-1 victory over Yehia Mohamed Salah Mohamed Hafez of Egypt.

The next weight category, 51kg, saw another gold for South Africa as Jansen van Vuuren edged passed Tunisia's Hachem Hasnaoui 5-4.

Burundi's Raoul Brilliant could not live up to his name in the bronze medal match as he was thrashed 10-0 by Peremobowei Ebinueower of host country Nigeria.

Alfred Diete-Spif Civic Centre in Port Harcout is hosting the tournament ©Twitter
Alfred Diete-Spif Civic Centre in Port Harcout is hosting the tournament ©Twitter

Along with South Africa, Algerian athletes also experienced success today as Oussama Laribi beat Egypt's Adham Mohamed Abdelmonem Ali Sakr 14-4 in the 55kg final.

Diamantino Iuna Fafe of Guinea Bissau and Leon Charles Myburgh from South Africa shared the bronze medal.

More success for Algeria followed in the 80kg category as Fateh Benferdjallah came through a very close match against Ulrich Elyse Manouan of Ivory Coast, eventually winning just 1-0.

The South Africans picked up yet another medal as Nicolaas Johannes Steyn de Lange clinched bronze.

The other category to witness a gold medal final today was the 65kg, which was won by Egypt's Fathi Tarek Fathi Attia Ismail, who defeated home favourite Kenechukwu Prince Nnaemeka 6-0.

Algeria's Chouaib Abderrahmane Sahraoui claimed bronze.

The competition continues tomorrow.