PWL: Haryana remains unbeaten to finish on top of table

Haryana's Sandeep Tomar gave the perfect start to Haryana, upsetting reigning Olympic champion and Punjab captain Vladimir Khinchegashvili 3-1 in the opening bout of the day in the 57kg category and the team could not recover from the setback and went on to lose the match 5-2.

Indian wrestler Sandeep Tomar (left) during a training session at the camp at SAI Centre, Sonepat.   -  Sandeep Saxena

Haryana Hammers maintained its clean sheet in the league stage of the Pro Wrestling League, winnings its fifth and final tie against Punjab Royals 5-2 to remain on top of the table with 10 points. Punjab remained on six points and with both teams already into the semifinal, it was more about deciding the league standings.

Sandeep Tomar gave the perfect start to Haryana, upsetting reigning Olympic champion and Punjab captain Vladimir Khinchegashvili 3-1 in the opening bout of the day in the 57kg category and the team could not recover from the setback.

With both wrestlers tied on 1-1 with 30 seconds remaining, Tomar managed to get behind Khinchegashvili in the final few seconds to score the winner and hand the Georgian his first defeat of the competition.

Haryana captain Abdusalam Gadisov doubled it with an easy 5-0 win against Krishan Kumar in the 97kg and Indu Chaudhary managed just one take down through the bout but that was enough for a 2-1 victory against Nirmala Devi in the 48kg to give Haryana a 3-0 lead.

Magomed Kurbanaliev and Marwa Amri won their respective bouts, against Pankaj Rana (70kg) and Manju Kumari (58kg) in less than stipulated time by technical superiority.

Kurbanaliev beat Rana 16-0 just one second short of end of Round One while Marwa, who had two wins by Fall in her three bouts so far, finished hers with an identical scoreline in just over four minutes.

The only wins for Punjab came through Russian Ilias Bekbutalov, who won 11-1 in the 65kg against Rajneesh, and Nigerian Odunayo Adekuoroye, who upset Olympic bronze medallist Sofia Mattsson 6-1 in the 53kg. Haryana would next take on Jaipur in the semifinal on Tuesday while Punjab gets a day's break before its semifinal against Mumbai.

The results: Haryana beats Punjab 5-2

Women: 48kg: Indu Chaudhary (Har) bt Nirmala Devi (Pun) 2-1; 53kg: Odunayo Adekuoroye (Pun) bt Sofia Mattsson (Har) 6-1; 58kg: Marwa Amri (Har) bt Manju Kumari (Pun) 16-0; Men: 57kg: Sandeep Tomar (Har) bt Vladimir Khinchegashvili (Pun) 3-1; 65kg: Ilias Bekbutalov (Pun) bt Rajneesh (Har) 11-1; 70kg: Magomed Kurbanaliev (Har) bt Pankaj Rana (Pun) 16-0; 97kg: Abdusalam Gadisov (Har) bt Krishan Kumar (Pun) 5-0.