Shirdi, September 27: It was a great display from Haryana Men's Freestyle Team as they dominated the proceedings on the first day of 2nd Tata Motors U-23 National Wrestling Championship here in Shirdi, Maharashtra.
They won 8 medals including 1 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals to get to the top of the medal tally. Haryana logged 158 points with Services following them at 150 points and Chandigarh coming at the third spot with 130 points.
All the gold medal winners will represent India in the Under-23 World Championships to be held in the Budapest, Hungary from October 28- November 3 this year.
Hosts Maharashtra bagged two medals through Sikandar (92 kg) and Suraj (61 kg) to register their presence in the meet. Sikandar grabbed the gold medal after defeating Haryana's Sunil 10-6 while Suraj lost to Ravinder 3-5 in a close bout and had to contend with a silver medal.
The other gold-winning efforts came from Services as they bagged 4 medals with Uttar Pradesh winning 2 medals and one each went to Chandigarh, Haryana and Delhi wrestlers.
As for the results in other categories, 2017 Junior World Championships bronze medallist Veer Dev Gulia (79kg) defeated UP's Sachin 6-3 and it was followed by Naveen (70 kg) who defeated Haryana's Vishal 6-3 and won the gold two times in a row.
In the 74 kg final, Gaurav (UP) defeated Haryana's Pritam 5-0 to claim the gold.
In 65 kg, Chandigarh's Sharvan defeated Delhi's Sunny 4-0 for the gold medal and Naveen of Haryana beat Chandigarh's Sumit by technical superiority in 57 kg class
In heavier weight categories, Akash Antil of Delhi downed Haryana's Amit 12-5 in 97 kg category. In the 86 kg and 125 kg final, Sanjeet (Services) and Aryan (UP) won the bout as they got a walkover.
Tomorrow, 300 female wrestlers from 28 states will vie for medals in 10 weight categories.
All the action from the U23 National Championships 2019 finals can be followed on www.wrestlingtv.in, India's first-ever dedicated video and digital news platform for wrestling, which is the one-stop video and news destination for entire wrestling fraternity and fans.
Source: Media Release