Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan), Sep 14: Indian wrestlers expectations went dry on day one of the World Wrestling Championships as none of them were able to win their respective bouts here on Saturday.
Competing in non-Olympic categories, Asian Championship silver medallist Harpeet Singh (82kg), Sagar (63kg), and Manjeet (55kg) struggled to earn a a single point against their opponents.
In 82kg, there was high hopes on Harpreet Singh, but the Indian was outclassed by Petr Novak from Czech Republic losing 0-7.
Only Yogesh (72kg) put up a spirited fight against Raymond Anthony of US, but lost in a close fought match 5-6.
In 55kg Manjeet also went down 0-8 against Eldaniz Azizli of Azerbaijan and lost the match Technical Superiority. In the 63kg, Sagar had a short stint on the mat losing his qualification round by Technical Superiority to local wrestler Almat Kebispayev. Azizli who is through to semi-finals in the 55kg category, keeps Manjeet's hopes alive in the repechage.
In 63 kg Kebispayev has reached the semi-final while Sagar still has a chance. Bunker who lost in the 72 kg means that Yogesh run at the World campaign ends. While Novak (82 kg) who lost in the quarters, Harpreet is out of the World Championships. (UNI)