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Sangram Singh beats Kevin Radford Jr in KD Jadhav Memorial Wrestling championship

Sangram Singh dug deep to beat Kevin Radford Jr and earn the championship belt in the first KD Jadhav Memorial International Wrestling Championship

other sports Updated: Sep 15, 2017 22:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Sangram Singh,Kevin Radford Jr.,Sangram Singh vs Kevin Radford
Sangram Singh in action against Kevin Radford Jr in the first KD Jadhav Memorial International Wrestling Championship in New Delhi on Friday.(HT Photo)

“Professional” wrestler Sangram Singh overcame Kevin Radford Jr of the US in a hard-fought battle at the Talkatora Stadium on Friday.

Sangram Singh had to dig deep to beat Radford Jr and earn the championship belt in the first KD Jadhav Memorial International Wrestling Championship.

“It was a really tough fight,” Sangram said after victory. “I had to use all my experience to beat this fine wrestler from the US.”

Radford Jr took the first round while Sangram fought strongly to come back and take the second round. He also took a three-point lead (12-9) after the first two rounds.

The third round saw Sangram overpower his American counterpart 16-11. Redford Jr launched a strong comeback in the next round, narrowing down the margin.

Sangram, egged on by the home crowd, made the most of his 24-20 lead going into the last round to seal the bout in his favour.

Earlier, in the first bout of the night, Shepal Yadav beat Sachin Attri 15-0, who was ruled out with a shoulder injury in the second round . The second bout of the night ended in similar fashion when Sanjay Deswal withdrew in the fourth round with a rib injury, and Pratik Bhakt was declared the winner.

In the next bout, Labhanshu Rishikesh couldn’t use his larger frame, losing to Om Prakash 18-3.

The fourth round of the night which featured women wrestlers -- Ekta and Akanksha -- with Akanksha finish off the bout in the first round.

First Published: Sep 15, 2017 22:24 IST