Mud or jelly? Not likely
18:24 AEST Wed Oct 6 2010
They're attractive, blonde girls in their mid-20s and about to make history at the Commonwealth Games.

But when men find out Emily Bensted and Carli Renzi are wrestlers, the common question is whether they compete in jelly or mud.

"It really surprises the guys," 23-year-old Bensted told AAP. "I ask people to guess what sport (I'm in) and it usually isn't anywhere near the top 10.

"They go to everything else.

"I guess when people picture wrestlers they think that they're all big people but there are a lot of weight divisions."

Brisbane-based Bensted is 55kg while long-time friend and training partner Renzi, 27, will contest the 59kg class in the traditionally rugged male sport in Delhi.

"The reactions are too funny actually," said Renzi.

"You're usually asked if it's mud or jelly first!

"Most people are pretty shocked."

So much so that when one of Renzi's workmates put up posters and signs in their office wishing her good luck wrestling in Delhi, colleagues assumed she was pulling legs.

"When one guy asked where I was going after work and I told him I was heading to training, he said 'Are you serious? I just thought that was a crazy joke'."

With women's wrestling making its debut in Delhi, Bensted is set to become the first Australian to hit the mats in Games competition on Thursday and has the chance to grapple and pin her way to a first female medal in the sport.

After a knee injury ruled out Beijing Olympian Kyla Bremner, the Geelong product is seen as Australia's best hope following her bronze at last year's Commonwealth championships.

Renzi is among four other Australians to compete in freestyle competition at the Indira Gandhi complex over the next two days.

The pair are both juggling two different sporting dreams as they met as young judokas and still compete in their original sport.

Bensted followed Renzi across to wrestling three years ago after initially using it for cross-training purposes but now it's as much an avenue for both to make it to the 2012 London Olympics.

So rather than mud or jelly, the question is wrestling togs or an all-white judogi?

"I don't know, it's pretty hard to qualify for the Olympics for either sport but I'll have a crack," Renzi said.

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