Ravi Malik makes bronze medal round, Narinder Cheema in repechage
Ravi Malik was the only saving grace for the Indian Greco Roman contingent at the junior world championship as he on Saturday reached the 82kg bronze medal play-off while other wrestlers from the country struggled to win even one round here.
Malik began with a 6-0 win over Estonia's Robin Uspenski and followed that up with a 18-9 victory over Kyrgyzstan's Zhenish Humnabekov, who got three cautions in the quarterfinal bout.
Malik though could not do much against Armenia's Karen Khachatryan in the semifinal, which he lost by technical superiority.
Once Malik was put on the 'par terre', Khachatryan pulled off consecutive gut wrench moves to finish the bout.
Narinder Cheema (97kg) was only the second Indian wrestler who managed to win two bouts and he got the reward by getting back into the competition through the repechage round.
Cheema edged out Germany's Anton Erich Vieweg 6-6 and then beat Uzbekistan's Abrorbek Nurmukhammedov 11-6.
He lost his quarterfinal by fall to Pavel Hlinchuk but since the Belarusian made the final, Cheema got another chance.
Vikas (72kg) and Deepak (77kg) managed first round wins before losing.
Anup (55kg), Vikas (60kg), Anil (63kg), Deepak (67kg), Sonu (87kg) and Parvesh (130kg) all exited after losing their respective first round bouts.This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.