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Wrestling tournament lifts spirit among farmers at protest sight in Delhi

To keep the spirits running high, protesting farmers in Delhi organised a mega wrestling event on Sunday at UP Gate. Named as Kisan Kesari Dangal, the wrestling event saw about 70 young wrestlers from different states, both men and women, participating in 30 freestyle wrestling bouts at the Delhi Meerut Expressway. More than 15,000 have joined protest since November 28...

WFI announces schedule for National Senior Wrestling Championship

National Senior Wrestling Championship
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) announced the schedule for the National Senior Wrestling Championship on Monday. All the three categories – Greco Roman, Women’s and Freestyle will be conducted in three different cities in order to combat the prevailing circumstances. While, the Freestyle wrestling will be conducted in Noida on January 23rdand 24th, the Women’s wrestling will be conducted...

Bajrang Punia lifts FloWrestling title on return

Bajrang Punia and James Green
On his return to the mat after the coronavirus pandemic, India’s Bajrang Punia on Friday ruled the 68kg men’s category to lift the $25k FloWrestling tournament in Austin, Texas. This was Punia’s first competitive event in more than 10 months since the pandemic hit the world. This comes as a huge win for Punia who had skipped the recently concluded...

Individual Wrestling World Cup: India end their campaign with a single medal

Deepak Punia Gourav Baliyan
The last two Indian grapplers standing at the Individual Wrestling World Cup, Deepak Punia and Gourav Baliyan fell to contrasting defeats against Piotr Ianulov and Mahamedkhabib Kadzimahamedau respectively in their bronze medal during the final day of the tournament on Friday. Competing in the 86kg category, Punia went down 4-1 in a closely fought battle against the Moldovan Piotr Ianulov....

Individual Wrestling World Cup: Deepak Punia and Gourav Baliyan will fight for Bronze

Deepak Punia Gourav Baliyan
In yet another disappointing day for the Indians at the Individual Wrestling World Cup, both Deepak Punia and Gourav Baliyan lost their semifinal bouts in the 86kg and 79kg respectively. The 21 year old Deepak Punia cruised to the semifinals with two easy wins over Ivars Samusonoks of Latvia and the Israeli Uri Kalashnikov in his pre-quarterfinal and quarterfinal match...

Individual Wrestling World Cup: Anshu Malik settles for silver

Anshu Malik
After her stellar show yesterday where she registered three back to back wins to enter the final of the 57kg category, India's Anshu Malik lost to the Moldova’s Anastasia Nichita 5-1 in the final today at the Individual Wrestling World Cup happening at Belgrade. The first half of the match was evenly poised and ended with the Moldovan having a...

Individual Wrestling World Cup: Teenager Anshu reaches finals

Anshu Malik
In a mixed day for India at the Individual Wrestling World Cup in Belgrade, Anshu Malik stood apart from the rest of her countrywomen, notching up three consecutive wins in the day to reach the final of the 57kg category. None of the opponents seemed to have any idea of what hit them as Anshu Malik cruised through all her...

Individual Wrestling World Cup: Pinki shines bright on Day 3

In yet another disappointing day for the Indians at Individual Wrestling World Cup being held at Belgrade, the Asian Champion Pinki shone bright before losing to Iryna Kurachikna of Belarus in the the semifinals of the 55kg category. Pinki started the day in a fine fashion as she cruised to a 3-1 win over the Ukrainain Tetyana Kit. The Indian...

Individual Wrestling World Cup: India continues their disappointing run on Day 2

The Indian Greco-Roman wrestler’s disappointing run continued on the Day 2 of the Individual Wrestling World Cup with all the remaining three Greco-Roman wrestlers in the fray bowing out of the tournament early on Sunday evening. In an otherwise frustrating day, Gyanender was India’s only shining light as he won two bouts in the day before losing to Kristian Fris...

Individual Wrestling World Cup: Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers disappoint on Day 1

Hardeep Aditya Sunil
The Individual Wrestling World Cup started on a highly disappointing note for the Indian wrestlers as none of their four Greco-Roman wrestlers made it past the pre-quarterfinal of the tournament on Saturday The only Indian to make an impact was Ashu in the 67kg category as he registered a clinical win in his first round match against Atakan Yuskel from...