India’s top wrestlers will open their campaign for the 2019 season at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tournament, United World Wrestling’s second freestyle and women's wrestling Ranking Series event of the 2019 season.
The tournament which will be held in Bulgaria will see as many as 10 wrestlers from India in action. The Indian challenge will be spearheaded by Asian Games Gold medalists Bajrang Punia in the men’s freestyle and Vinesh Phogat in the Women’s event.
2018 World Championship Bronze medalist Pooja Dhanda, Olympic Bronze medalist of 2016b Sakshi Malik as well as U-23 World Championship Silver medalist Ravi Kumar are some of the big names from India who feature in the tournament which is akin to a Tour event in any other sport.
The Ranking Series is part of United World Wrestling’s season-long event structure that incentivizes participation by the sport’s top athletes. In addition to a year-end cash prize for the highest point earner in each style, ranking points determine a wrestler’s seed at the world championships and Olympic Games.
The complete list of wrestlers who will take to the mat in Bulgaria’s Ruse is as follows:
57 KG: Sandeep Tomar, Ravi Kumar
65 KG: Bajrang Punia
74kg KG: Om Prakash Vinod, Jitender
86 KG: Deepak Punia
53 KG: Vinesh Phogat
57 KG: Pooja Dhanda, Sarita
62 kg Sakshi Malik
The first Ranking Series event, the Ivan Yariguin, took place in January whereas the two remaining freestyle and women's wrestling Rankings Series events are the Sassari, which will take place from May 24 and the Yasar Dogu which starts from July 12.
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