Pro Wrestling League: Sakshi Malik along with eight wrestlers remain unbeaten

The event saw 10 wrestlers face defeats by Points Difference while 15 were victims of Technical Superiority. 

Published: 23rd January 2017 09:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd January 2017 09:06 PM   |  A+A-

Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik (File|AFP)


NEW DELHI: The second season of Pro Wrestling League (PWL), which concluded in Delhi last week, was more exciting and even more aggressive grappling as a total of 1102 points were scored in the 18 matches that were played during the tournament.

The event saw 10 wrestlers face defeats by Points Difference while 15 were victims of Technical Superiority. 

For Indians, it was a proud moment as Olympic girl Sakshi Malik remained unbeaten throughout the tournament along with eight others.

In the final, NCR Punjab Royals defeated Haryana Hammers 5-4 to lay their hands on the trophy. It was a heart-breaking moment for the Haryana wrestlers, as for the second time in a row they had to stay content with the runner-up position.

The biggest score was registered during the semi-final match between Mumbai Maharathi and NCR Punjab Royals. In all, 114 points were scored including three technical falls. The final was the second highest scoring event as 83 points were scored in that match.

The lowest scoring match was between Delhi Sultans and Mumbai Maharathi with 33 points. However, two grapplers suffered clear defeats. 

During the contest between Haryana Hammers and Jaipur Ninjas, two wrestlers faced clear defeats while one was declared winner through technical fall. 

At the individual level, World Championship Bronze medalist Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye in the Women’s 53 kg category won four bouts on Technical Superiority, while Rio Olympics Silver medalist Mariya Stadnik, former World Champion Abdusalam Gadisov and World Championship Silver medalist Jabrayil Hasanov won two bouts each on technical falls.

Rio Olympics bronze medalist Marwa Amri defeated three opponents with clear results while Sweden’s Sofia Mattsson defeated two. Sofia is a World Championship Silver medalist and a Rio Olympics Bronze medalist. The points are not counted when the bout is decided on a clear win.

Along with Marwa Amri of Tunisia, Magomed Kurbanaliev of Russia and Abdusalam Gadisov of Russia (all from Haryana Hammers), Ilias Bekbulatov of Russia (NCR Punjab Royals), Erica Wiebe of Canada and Jabrayil Hasanov of Azerbaijan (both Mumbai Maharathi), Mariya Standnik and Sakshi Malik (both Colors Delhi Sultans) remained unbeaten throughout the tournament.

Sandeep Tomar of Haryana registered the biggest upset of the tournament when he defeated World and Olympic Champion Vladimir Khinchegashvili of Punjab. He has also defeated World Championship Bronze medalist Erdenebat Bekhbayar of Mongolia. 

Another big upset was two-time Olympian Andrey Kviatkovski of Ukraine being defeated by Haryana’s Rajneesh. The grappler also defeated national champion Bajrang Punia in the same category. Punjab’s Nirmla Devi also proved her mettle by beating Olympian Carolina Castillo Hidalgo. 

National champion Jitendra also defeated Tariel Gaprindashvili of Georgia. Amongst the  foreign players, Odunayo defeated Sofia Mattsson in a one-sided bout, however in the final, Sofia avenged the defeat and also ended Odunayo’s winning streak. Vinod Kumar’s win over David Tlashadze and Preetam’s win over Amit Dhankar were some of the other upsets.


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