Indian freestyle wrestler Sandeep Tomar has booked his place in the upcoming Asian Games and World Championship in the 57kg category, as 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Rahul Aware missed the trials due to a knee injury.
In the beginning of the first round of the bout, the 27-year-old Sandeep trailed Utkarsh 2-4 and then drifted further with Utkarsh creating another two-point move in the beginning of second round but as always Sandeep made a great comeback and rolled his opponent twice to level the score at 6-6 towards the end. Since Sandeep had scored the last points, he was announced the winner.
Following Sandeep’s selection, India’s men’s wrestling squad for the Asian Games is now complete as re-trials were required in the 57kg category after Sandeep, Utkarsh and Ravi had earlier ended on equal points and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Aware sought more time for preparation.
“Although I was trailing, I knew I could beat him. I had confidence in my ability,” Sandeep told PTI, adding, “I could not play my best since I had fever few days back and also back pain.”
“You may have seen my bouts. I grapple better than this,” the 27-year-old from Rohtak, said.