PWL: Do-or-die match for U.P Dangal against Bajrang's Punjab Royals

Amit Dhanker, who gave Punjab the all-important win against Haryana Hammers to enter semis, will take on Jitender in the men's 74kg category.

Bajrang Punia of Punjab Royals (left) in action against Delhi Sultans' Kviatkovski Andrey in Sunday's Pro Wrestling League (PWL) match.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

U.P. Dangal takes on two-times champion Punjab Royals in a do-or-die encounter in the last league match of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) Season 4 at the Gautam Buddha University Indoor Stadium here on Monday. The Punjab Royals has already cemented their place im the last four stage along with Haryana Hammers. For the defending champion, tomorrow's clash will be a good warm-up before the semi-final. 

Amit Dhanker, who gave Punjab the all-important win in the last bout against Haryana Hammers to clinch the tie and help Punjab enter the semis, will take on Jitender in the men's 74kg category. In the men's 86kg category, Punjab's unbeaten star so far in the competition Olympic medallist Dato Marsagishvili will take on Irakli Misituri. The odds are in Dato's favour after the Punjab Royals player had defeated Irakli in a competition in Georgia not very long ago. 

Amit Dhanker of Punjab Royals wins it for his team in the final and deciding bout against Haryana Hammers Praveen Rana.   -  PWL MEDIA

 


The 2017 Asian Championships silver medallist Sarita is up against European championships silver medallist Mimi Hristova in the 57kg category. In the women's 62kg category, the only Indian women wrestler to win a gold at the Asian Championships, U.P's Navjot Kaur will lock horns with multiple national gold medalist Anita in an important encounter.

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Punjab team co-owner Dharampal Rathi said, "We won't be complacent and will not take this match lightly, rather we would like to keep up our winning momentum."

After winning two back-to-back matches, the UP team co-owner, Sunny Katiyal too is quite confident and said that "his team will look to keep up the winning momentum and qualify for the semis".


SQUADS        

UP Dangal: Vanesa Kaladzinskaya (53 Kg), Naveen (57 Kg), Sarita (57 Kg), Navjot Kaur (64 Kg), Pankaj Rana (65 Kg), Jitendra (74 Kg), Epp Mae (76 Kg) Irakli Misituri (86 Kg), Giorgi Sakandelidze (125 Kg)

Punjab Royals: Anju (53 Kg), Mimi Hristova (57 Kg), Nitin Rathee (57 Kg), Bajrang Puniya (65 Kg), Anita (62 Kg), Amit Dhankhar (74 Kg), Alina Stadnik Makhynia (76 Kg), Dato Marsagishvili (86 Kg), Korey Jarvis (125 Kg)