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PWL 2019: Sandeep Tomar Seals the Victory for MP Yodha against Mumbai

While the focus was on seasoned stars, it was Sandeep Tomar who grabbed the attention with his stunning performance in the do-or-die bout, helping MP Yodha edge out Mumbai Maharathi by 4-3 in the Pro Wrestling League in Panchkula on Thursday.

Vinesh Phogat of Maharathi literally ripped through Ritu Phogat, showing little mercy as she trounced her younger sister 15-0 in the 53 kg category.

Having lost the first match, a lot was riding on Yodha’s 2018 Commonwealth Games silver and world championship bronze medal winner Pooja Dhanda.

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MP Yodha vs Mumbai Maharathi

She started nervously against the Pan-American Championships bronze medallist Betzabeth Argüello in the 57 kg category. In fact, Pooja trailed by 1-2 going into the break. However, she made a splendid comeback in the match, defeating her opponent with the same pin fall technique she used to win most of her bouts last year. Her 7-4 bout win was crucial in bringing the Yodha’s back in the contention.

The match turned back in Mumbai’s favour as Deepak Punia, a 2018 national championships bronze medallist, made it 3-2 in Maharathi’s favour, beating his namesake and former national champion Deepak in the 86 kg rubber.

However, there was a new twist in store as Elise Monolova of Yodha won the 62 kg rubber against Mumbai’s Shilpi Yadav 4-0 to make it 3-3 going into the last bout, the decider.

The 57 kg bout was between Maharathi’s Russian wrestler Ibragim Ilyasov and Yodha’s Sandeep Tomar. The former provided an early lead of 4-0 to his team, but as had been happening the entire evening, Tomar came from behind to make it 4-4 when he won a pinfall right going in the break. Another pinfall and Tomar was in a comfortable 8-4 lead. Tomar was especially tenacious on counter attacks, scoring two more points in one such attempt to help Yodha win the deciding tie by 10-7.

Earlier in the day, Maharthi’s national wrestling champion Harphool faced Haji Aliyev, a European Championships gold medallist himself, in the 65kg category opening match.

Harphool had been in a tremendous form, having given the Asian Games gold medallist Bajrang Punia a run for the money in the previous round. Nonetheless, he failed to repeat the action against the European champion on Thursday. The Azerbaijan-based wrestler eventually won the bout by 7-0 to give MP Yodha a winning start.

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Monish Gadiya
Monish Gadiya is the Head of Content at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to all the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in Civil Engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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