December 8, 2022

Railways wrestler Pritam trumped Delhi teenager Yash, a 2021 junior world championships bronze medallist, to win the 74kg title on the senior wrestling nationals right here on Saturday. It was Pritam’s first crown in his fourth look on the nationals, which got here after he switched from the 79kg class.

The 74kg in Indian wrestling has been a coveted class, double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar having owned it since his Commonwealth Video games gold in 2014. Nevertheless, the unsavoury incidents involving Kumar and Narsingh Yadav within the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics and the brawl between the supporters of Kumar and Parveen Rana after the latter misplaced the Commonwealth Video games trial to him in 2017 have meant the 74kg competitions have at all times drawn further consideration.

The emergence of Bajrang Punia and Ravi Dahiya in lighter classes have additional taken the sheen off 74 kg, however crucially, India’s performances on this class have been poor for over 5 years now. Pritam is assured of setting the report straight.

“I’m elated. That is my first nationals gold and it offers me the ticket to subsequent month’s Commonwealth championships in South Africa. I need to carry out effectively there to be within the fray for subsequent yr’s Commonwealth Video games and Asiad. I do know India have been ready for a medal in 74kg for some time and I’m assured to finish that wait,” he mentioned after easing to a 11-0 win within the ultimate.

Pritam, the 79kg silver medallist within the final version, was on a scorching streak by means of the day, beating two opponents ‘by fall’ and two others on ‘technical superiority’ with 11-0 margins.

“I knew your entire focus could be on skilled wrestlers resembling Narsingh Yadav and Amit Dhankar and I used to be blissful to go about my enterprise quietly. I’ve crushed Dhankar, so I used to be assured of beating him too, had we met,” Pritam added.

In his ultimate towards Yash, the 25-year-old jumped to a 2-0 lead with a single-leg takedown early. By the tip of the primary interval, he had prolonged the result in 5-0. Yash tried to go on the offence within the subsequent interval, however clearly lacked power and nous towards his much-experienced competitor. Pritam put the competition to mattress with three consecutive two-point throws, finishing a 11-0 win.

Narsingh, Amit roll again years

For just a few moments in his 74kg bout towards Amit Dhankar, Narsingh Yadav seemed to be heading for a dream return to nationals glory. Downside was, the six-minute slugfest that many on the venue believed was deserving of a ultimate was actually only a quarter-final that sucked each ounce of endurance from the Maharashtra wrestler.

Dhankar, a seasoned campaigner, proved a match for Yadav. The 2 grapplers with a mixed age of 66 rolled again the years to offer an exhibition of basic attacking floor wrestling.

Yadav went on the offence within the first minute itself, however Dhankar obtained the primary factors with a two-point throw. Yadav responded by swooping down on Dhankar’s ankle to attract parity. On the finish of the primary interval, Yadav led 4-2 after a very spectacular feint. By now although his physique lathered in sweat and respiration closely, Yadav’s 4-2 lead—it turned 6-2 initially of the second interval—was at risk.

As Yadav’s defence started to crumble, Dhankar went on a four-point spree to make it 6-6 earlier than a failed evaluate by his nook earned Yadav an important win.

Nevertheless, by the point he took the mat for his semi-final towards Yash, Yadav was spent. His solely probability was to open a giant early lead, however his youthful and sooner opponent appeared it no actual hassle. By no means as soon as might Yadav lead by a couple of level, and as soon as Yash effected a two-point throw to overturn a 3-4 deficit, the writing was on the wall. The bout stopped at 7-4, Yadav’s desires of a fairytale return dashed.

Different outcomes

Bajrang Punia, who had opted out of the nationals, was there cheering for sparring companion Jitender (Railways) within the 79kg ultimate. Nevertheless, younger Gaurav Baliyan trumped Jitender to win gold. The 57 kg class was gained by Aman (Haryana), 65 kg by Rohit (Companies), 92 kg by Viky (Companies) and 125 kg by Shivraj (Maharashtra).

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