- Indian wrestler Veer Dev Gulia secured his place in the bronze medal match in 79 kg category at the ongoing UWW U-23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
- Naveen reached the repechage round in the 70 kg category.
Indian wrestler Veer Dev Gulia secured his place in the bronze medal match in 79 kg category at the ongoing UWW U-23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Naveen (70kg), on the other hand, reached the repechage round.
Gulia was in top form as he beat Botond Lukacs of Hungary 3-1. Earlier in the competition, he had registered a robust 7-2 win over Chinese wrestler Ligan Chai to make it to the quarter-finals. There, the wrestler then put up an outstanding 12-1 victory over Batzul Damjin of Mongolia on Monday.
However, the 22-year-old’s brilliant run came to an end in the semifinals after Gulia suffered an 8-1 at the hands of Azerbaijan’s Abubakr Abakarov. Nonetheless, the Indian wrestler will now have a chance of claiming a bronze medal. However, his opponent is yet to be decided.
In 70kg, Naveen lost his qualifying bout to 16th seeded Russian wrestler Chermen Valiev 0-11. However, as the wrestler failed to make it to the final, Naveen received another chance to fight for a medal.
Sharvan, Antil progress as well
Besides Gulia, two Indians – Sharvan (65kg) and Akash Antil (97kg) – had progressed into the quarter-finals with the others being on the inaugural day of the championships.
Sharvan, a 2017 Junior Asian Championship gold medallist, demonstrated his attacking style of play by toppling the top seed Kazakhstan’s Rifat Saibotalov to secure a tight 8-6 victory. He was seeded second in the 65kg category.
However, Sharvan was beaten 6-10 by French wrestler Ilman Mukhtarov in the quarters. And with the latter failing to proceed to the final, the Indian couldn’t make it to repechage.
Elsewhere, in 97kg category, ninth seed Akash Antil conquered Li Xu of China by 10-0 to start his campaign. However, Ukraine’s Danylo Stasiuk dashed any hopes of a medal by beating Antil 9-5 in the last-eight.