Haryana Hammers prevail over UP Dangal 5-2 on Day 3 of Pro Wrestling League Season 2
New Delhi, January 4: Haryana Hammers continued their winning run as they prevailed over a power-packed UP Dangal side 5-2 on Day 3 of the Patanjali Powervita Pro Wrestling League Season 2 at the K D Jadhav Indoor Stadium here today.
Haryana won the toss and blocked the 74 kg Men’s category following which UP Captain Elitsa Yankova decided to block the 58 kg Women’s category, ruling out the bout between Haryana’s Marwa Amri and UP’s Geeta Phogat.
The first bout went to an impressive Haryana side as Magomed Kurbanaliev, the second most expensive men’s wrestler this season, registered an 8-0 scoreline against UP’s Amit Dhankar in the 70 kg Men’s Category. While Amit relied on a defensive game, his Russian opponent managed to effectively score points by virtue of experience and superior technique.
Up next was a closely fought battle between UP Captain and 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist Elitsa Yankova and Haryana grappler Indu Chaudhary. Both wrestlers went neck-to-neck to showcase their mettle on the mat. Although the scoreline was tied at 1-1 after two rounds, UP’s Elitsa won the 48 kg Women’s bout by virtue of Last Point Win.
Haryana Hammers wrestler Rajneesh stunned UP Dangal’s Andrey Kviatkovski in the third bout by registering a comprehensive 5-1 win. Rajneesh used attacking single leg holds to good effect, while keeping his defence strong, and giving no opportunity to the Ukrainian to make a comeback in the 65 kg Men’s category.
Star Indian wrestler and Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt, who missed out on participating in the 2017 edition of the Pro Wrestling League, supported the professional wrestling competition from the commentary box.
UP drew level in the fourth bout, as Belarus-born Maria Mamashuk overpowered Haryana’s Kiran to win the 75 kg Women’s contest 6-4. Although Kiran surprised Maria with her agility and aggression in the first round, the latter staged a remarkable comeback in the next round, scoring points in quick succession. The 2016 Olympics Silver medalist eventually prevailed in the duel, as Kiran went down fighting valiantly.
The 97 kg Men’s category was fought between UP’s Mausam Khatri and Haryana captain Abdusalam Gadisov, with the latter winning the fifth bout 8-0 comfortably.
UP, who had rested their hopes on Babita Kumari of the famous Phogat sisters, were in for a disappointment as Haryana’s Sofia Mattsson won the sixth bout in just 46 seconds, by virtue of a Win By Fall. The Swedish grappler gave Babita no chance to put up a fight in the 53 kg Women’s category as Haryana gained an unassailable 4-2 lead. “I am very happy with the way I won the fight today but ya I did not expect it to wrap up that quick,” added Sofia.
Haryana Hammers gave finishing touches to the game by finishing the final bout with yet another 8-0 win. Sandeep Tomar was too powerful for Amit Kumar Dahiya of UP Dangal as Haryana went on to win the tie 5-2.
Speaking on his remarkable victory over Andrey Kviatkovski, Haryana’s Rajneesh said: “I am very happy and contented with the way I performed today.”
Haryana captain Abdusalam Gadisov added: “All teams have amazing wrestlers but I feel proud to be leading such a strong contender in the league. With the kind of performances the team has been giving I am sure of taking back home the trophy of PWL.”
Sandeep Tomar also shared his thoughts after Haryana’s victory: “The fight was tough but I did not go with any pressure on the mat. All I had in my mind was to give my 100% and win the bout for my team.”
Haryana’s Indu Chaudhary also expressed her thoughts on being defeated by international wrestler Elitsa Yankova. “I got stuck at a moment and believe that was the game changer. I could not cover up after that. I realise my mistake and am sure of a comeback in my next game,” she said.