Haryana Hammers produced an imposing show to oust NCR Punjab Royals 6-3 in the final of the 4th edition of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) at the Gautam Buddha University Stadium, Greater Noida on Thursday.
Haryana, who were beaten to the title in the final of the last edition by the same team, avenged the defeat with sheer dominance.
Haryana had a bright start to the contest as Aleksander Khotsianivski of Haryana Hammers defeated Korey Jarvis of NCR Punjab Royals 3-0 in the opening bout of the evening, in the 125 kg category, to give the Hammers a lead.
The second bout of the evening in the 86 kg category saw the Hammers’ Ali Shabanov make a comeback to overpower Dato Magarishvili 4-3 in a thrilling bout where Punjab led in the first round.
The Hammers kept their charge and 76 kg Women wrestler Kiran toppled Punjab’s Cynthia Vescan 3-1 in an edge of the seat bout. The bout took the overall score of the tie to 3-0.
Then came the 57kg men’s category bout featuring U-23 World championship Silver medalist Ravi Kumar of Haryana Hammers up against Nitin Rathi of NCR Punjab Royals. The Hammers’ star led 2-0 at the end of the first round and continued the onslaught to finish the bout at 8-0.
The 5th bout of the evening saw the Haryana Hammers pocket the title in their favor after Anastasia Nichita won 4-4 against Punjab Royals Mini Hristova by the virtue of a fall inflicted by her on opponent. Mini, though started the bout on an impressive note with a take-down and stretched the lead to 4-0 but eventually was undone in the first round itself by a pin fall.
The 6th bout of the evening saw poster boy of Indian wrestling, Bajrang Punia, take to the mat for Punjab against Rajneesh in the 65 kg category. Though Bajrang’s team had lost the contest, Bajrang lived up to his billing and did not yield an inch and outclassed the Hammers’ grappler 11-0.
The 7th & the 8th bout too saw Punjab’s resurgence with Amit Dhanker dominating Parveen Rana 5-2 in the 74kg bout and Anju outclassing compatriot Seema in the 53 kg women’s category bout 10-5, to give the Punjab team some saving grace.
The final bout of the championship summed up the evening for the Hammers as Tatyana Omelchenko annihilated Anita in the 62 kg Women’s category with a score line of 9-0.
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