Bhugaon to host Maharashtra Kesari from December 20
Wrestlers from 45 districts across the state will take part in 61st Maharashtra State Wrestling Championship and Maharashtra Kesari; Event being held for the first time at birthplace of wrestling legend Mamasaheb Moholpune Updated: Dec 18, 2017 15:19 IST
The Pune District Wrestling Association is gearing up to host the 61st Maharashtra State Wrestling Championship and Maharashtra Kesari at Bhugaon from December 20.
The two championships will see the participation of over 900 wrestlers from 45 districts of Maharashtra making this year’s event one of the biggest-ever wrestling extravaganzas.
The Maharashtra Kesari championship is being held for the first time at the birthplace of Maharashtra wrestling’s legend Mamasaheb Mohol. The events are being held under the aegis of the Maharashtra State Wrestling Association (MSWA) with Mulshi Taluka Wrestling Association, Mallasamrat Pratishthan and villagers of Bhugaon.
Preparation for the Bhugaon event is underway and the venue is prepping to host both types of wrestling—mud and mat—with a seating capacity of 40,000 spectators.
“This year, two-time Maharashtra Kesari winner Chandrahar Patil of Sangli and last year’s runner-up Abhijit Katake, will be the main attractions,” said Balasaheb Landge, secretary general of MSWA.
Top wrestlers including Shivraj Rakshe, Tanaji Jhunjurke and Sainath Ranwade (all from Pune), Sagar Birajdar of Latur, Kiran Bhagat of Satara, Mahesh Varute and Kautuk Dafale, both from Kolhapur, Mauli Jamdade and Mahadeo Sargar, both from Solapur, are expected to take part in the championship.
10 Weight categories
The championship will be held in 10 weight categories each on mat and in mud class. “In the mat section, we have made two categories—‘A’ and ‘B’. Category A will have 57-kg, 74-kg and 79-kg as weight classes.
In Category B, 61-kg, 70-kg and 86-kg will be competed for, in Category C, 97-kg and in Category D, 65-kg and 92-kg will be the weight classes,” said international wrestling referee Dinesh Gund. Maharashtra Kesari will be contested over two weight classes, 86-kg and 125-kg.
The winner of Maharashtra Kesari will be awarded a silver mace and a car. The runner-up will be awarded a Royal Enfield bike.