Service wrestlers dominate Day 1

New Delhi, February 20: The Service Sports Control Board (SSCB) wrestling team dominated the opening day of the two-day national Greco-Roman championship, which is being held in Jalandhar on Saturday. The services team bagged two gold, three silver and an equal number of bronze medals while their arch-rivals Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) won only four medals, including one gold and one silver.

In an all-service final at 55kg, Asian bronze medalist Arjun Halakurki defeated Vijay to win gold. Arshad from Uttar Pradesh and Shrikant from Haryana took bronze medals.

SSCB won its second gold medal of the day thanks to Naveen beating Delhi’s Ravi Kumar to win the 130kg title. Som from SSCB and Aawesh from Haryana got bronze medals.

Manish Kumar won the RSPB’s first gold medal by beating Sunny Jadhav of Madhya Pradesh in 60kg. For the home team, Harpreet Singh secured the first gold medal by beating SSCB’s Sanjeet in the 82kg final. RSPB’s Atul and Haryana’s Rohit Dahiya won the bronze medals.

Competition in the remaining five bouts – 63kg, 72kg, 77kg, 87kg, 97kg – will take place on Sunday.

After the Covid-enforced lockdown, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) launched nationwide competitions, but they are held at different locations. The men’s freestyle was held in January in NOIDA while Agra was the venue for the women’s freestyle competition.

The top four in each of the weight classes will be selected for the national preparatory camp, starting next week at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) training center in Sonepat.

Results

55kg: Arjun Halakurki (SSCB), Vijay (SSCB), Arshad (Uttar Pradesh), Shrikant (Haryana)

60kg: Manish (RSPB), Sunny Jadhav (Madhya Pradesh), Gyanendra (SSCB), Sachin Rana (RSPB).

67 kg: Gaurav (UP), Surajmal (SSCB), Sachin (SSCB), Deepak (RSPB).

82 kg: Harpreet Singh (Punjab), Sanjeet (SSCB), Atul (RSPB), Rohit Dahiya (Haryana).

130 kg: Naveen (SSCB), Ravi (Delhi), Som (SSCB), Aawesh (Haryana).

Disclaimer: This story is automatically generated from the IANS service.

Robert J. King