Ashu, Deepanshu eye medals in Greco-Roman

On Day 2 of the ongoing 2022 World Wrestling Championships, India’s performance in the Greco-Roman category continues to be disappointing. Neeraj (63 kg), Ashu (67 kg), Harpreet Singh (82 kg) and Deepanshu (97 kg) were the Indians who were in action on 9/11.

While Neeraj and Harpreet retired in the round of 16 in their respective weight classes, wrestlers Ashu and Deepanshu were given a second chance to try for the podium. Both will play in the repechage rounds in hopes of earning a bronze medal.

Ashu will need to win three matches for a bronze medal (two repechage fights and the bronze medal match), while Deepanshu will need to win two matches for the same (repechage and the bronze medal match).

Deepanshu will face Italian Nikoloz Kakhelashvili in the repechage, and by winning this repechage, he will have to beat Azerbaijani Arif Niftullayev in the fight for the bronze medal. Asu, meanwhile, will have to defeat Turkey’s Murat Firat and Mateusz Bernatek of Poland to then face another Azerbaijani wrestler in Hasrat Jafarov in the bronze medal match.

Indian wrestlers in action on September 12:

Ashu and Deepanshu (Greco-Roman) – Repechage

Gyanender (Greco-Roman) – Qualification (60 kg)

Satish (Greco-Roman) – Qualification (130 kg)

Sushma Shokeen (Women) – Round of 16 (55kg)

Sonam (Women) – Qualification (62 kg)

Robert J. King