Greater Noida, Jan 29: The 2018 European Championships silver medallist Mimi Hristova helped Punjab Royals make it to the final of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) Season 4 currently underway at the Gautam Buddha University Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday.
Before Mimi, Bajrang Punia, Dato Marsagishvili, Nitin Rathi and Anita won their respective bouts to take an unassailable 5-3 lead with one bout to go in the tie.
Mimi was trailing 0-2 with less than a minute to go for the final whistle, but she came back strongly to edge past Sarita 5-2 and clinch the tie in Punjab’s favour. Jitender spoilt a little bit of Punjab’s fun defeating Amit Dhanker 5-0 in the men’s 74kg category in the inconsequential last bout of the evening.
Earlier, Olympic bronze medallist Dato Marsagishvili put Punjab Royals ahead winning the men’s 86kg category bout 4-2 against last year’s European U23 silver medallist UP Dangal’s Irakli Misituri in a closely fought encounter.
The 19-year-old young Punjab Royals’ Anju, who won gold at the Khelo India Youth Games recently, gave a tough fight to the former world champion and current European championships silver medallist UP Dangal’s Vanesa Kaladzinskaya in the women’s 53kg category before going down 19-6 and let UP come back into the tie.
Captain and icon player Bajrang Punia brought Punjab back into the contest winning the next bout against Pankaj Rana 6-2 in the men’s 65kg category. The Asian Games gold medallist who was recently conferred the Padma Shri Award got tough resistance from his countrymate but came out unscathed in the end.
Anita, who took Punjab Royals to the top of the table upsetting Asian Championships gold medallist Navjot Kaur of UP Dangal last night, did an encore winning the women’s 62 kg category bout 8-4 and give her team a 3-1 lead in the tie.
Asian championships silver medallist Giorgi Sakandelidze, who went down narrowly to the 2018 CWG silver medal winner Korey Jarvis last night, got his revenge winning the men’s 125kg super heavyweight category bout 2-1 and make it 2-3 for UP Dangal.
Epp Mae made it 3-3 for UP Dangal winning the women’s 76 kg bout against Punjab’s European Championships bronze medallist Cynthia Vescan 2-0. But, Nitin Rathi made it 4-3 in Punjab’s favour winning the men’s 57kg category bout against Amit Kumar on technical superiority after the score was tied 2-2.
86 kg M: Dato Marsagishvili (Punjab Royals) beat Irakli Misituri (UP Dangal)
53 kgF: Anju (Punjab Royals) lost to Vanesa Kaladzinskaya (UP Dangal)
65 kgM: Bajrang Punia (Punjab Royals) beat Pankaj Rana (UP Dangal)
62 kgF: Anita (Punjab Royals) beat Navjot Kaur (UP Dangal)
125kgM: Korey Jarvis (Punjab Royals) lost Giorgi Sakandelidze (UP Dangal)
76kgF: Cynthia Vescan (Punjab Royals) lost Epp Mae (UP Dangal)
57 kg M: Nitin Rathi (Punjab Royals) beat Amit (UP Dangal)
57 kgF: Mimi Hristova (Punjab Royals) beat Sarita (UP Dangal)
74kgM: Amit Dhanker (Punjab Royals) lost to Jitender (UP Dangal). (UNI)