PWL: UP Warriors record first win after close contest

  • Sukhpreet Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Dec 16, 2015 10:38 IST
Liliya Horishna (Blue) and UP warrior Babita Kumari (yellow) in action during match pro wrestling league at Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on December15, 2015. (HT Photo)

Unheralded Sarita of UP Warriors upset Turkish wrestler Yesilirmak Elif Jale of Dilli Veer 1-0 in the second match of the Pro Wrestling League on the final day of the Ludhiana leg on Tuesday. The wrestling caravan now moves to Manesar in Gurgaon.

Few had given unseeded Sarita a chance against her much experienced opponent who has in her kitty four European and world championship bronze medals she won between 2009 and 2015 in the 58kg category.

A technical foul committed by Jale made the difference in the match where the wrestlers gave away very little.

Capitalising on the victory, UP Warriors registered their first win of the League. Delhi Veer lost four bouts out of seven.

It was second defeat in a row for Dilli Veer, who had lost 2-5 to Haryana Hammers in their first match.

The most interesting match was between Babita Kumari of UP Warriors and Liliya Horishna of Delhi Veer. Babita who is a cousin of the Phogat sisters exhausted her Ukrainian opponent and turned the match on its head after trailing for most part of the bout. At one point, Liliya had opened up a 12-6 lead but vociferous support for the home girl helped he claw back into the match. In the end Babita edged out Liliya 13-12.

Another Phogat sister Vinesh of Dilli Veer bulldozed Ukraine’s Kogut Oleksandra.

Erdenebat Bekhbayar of Mongolia defeated UP Warriors’ Jaideep in the under-57kg 6-3 and following a tie between Krishan Kumar of Dilli Veer and Joginder Kumar of UP Warriors which went in favour of the former on technical point, there was nothing to choose between the teams.

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