Zouhaier Sghaier 2022 | Gyanender, Sachin Sahrawat and Sunil Kumar win Greco-Roman gold
At the 2022 Zouhaier Sghaier Ranking Series in Tunis, Tunisia, former Asian champions Sunil Kumar, Gyanender and Sachin Sahrawat each won a gold medal in their respective Greco-Roman weight classes. As the two wrestlers listed for these events, Sunil Kumar and Gyanender entered the finals directly.
Mohamed Skander Missaoui of Tunisia lost to Sunil Kumar 2-1. Oussama Nasr of Tunisia was beaten by Gyanender due to his technical dominance. The 63kg division, which was contested in a Nordic round format as there were only four wrestlers in the lineup, saw Sachin Sahrawat edge out Neeraj for the gold medal.
When there are fewer than six athletes competing in a weight class, the Nordic round system is used. Instead of knockouts, wrestlers compete in a round robin system. Neeraj beat Sachin Sahrawat 3-1 in the first round, but Sahrawat bounced back to defeat Turkey’s Volkan Cakil 8-0 and Tunisia’s Koussay Melki 10-0.
Neeraj was forced to accept silver as Volkan Cakil won their final match 11-8, handing gold to Sachin Sahrawat. In the three wrestler fields, Arjun Halakuri (60 kg) and Deepanshu (97 kg) also won silver, while Naveen (130 kg) won bronze.
Arjun Halakuri, who won a bronze medal at the Asian Championships, beat local favorite Salim Hamdi 13-9 while beating Algerian opponent Abdelkarim Fergat. In his third round match, Arjun Halakuri was beaten 9-0 by Ayhan Karakus of Turkey, earning him a silver medal. Deepanshu also competed in the Nordic round competition. The Indian won his first round 8-3 over Tunisia’s Mohamed Dhia Jabri before losing 2-1 to Muhutdin Saricicek of Turkey, who would go on to win the gold medal.
After that, Deepanshu defeated Algerian Adem Boudjemline 3-1 to win the silver medal. Rio 2016 bronze medalist Sakshi Malik will compete in the women’s 62kg category on Friday. Starting Saturday, the male freestyle wrestlers will face off.