PWL: Geeta, Babita out of action as Mumbai beats UP

UP Dangal, without Geeta and Babita Phogat, lost its second match on the trot. No reasons were specified for the Phogat sisters' absence. The duo is likely to replaced by Manisha and Pinki in the upcoming matches.

Erica Wiebe defeated Belarussian Maria Mamashuk 4-0 in the 75kg category to register her third straight win in the league.   -  Special Arrangement

Mumbai Maharathi earned its first point in Pro Wrestling League's (PWL) second season with a 5-2 win against UP Dangal.

UP Dangal, without Geeta and Babita Phogat, lost its second match on the trot. No reasons were specified for the Phogat sisters' absence. The duo is likely to replaced by Manisha and Pinki in the upcoming matches.

Geeta hasn't featured in a bouts this season while her younger sister, Babita, lost to former World and European champion Sofia Mattsson in 46 seconds in her previous tie.

Meanwhile, Mumbai captain Erica Wiebe defeated Belarussian Maria Mamashuk 4-0 in the 75kg category to register her third straight win in the league.

In a repeat of the Rio Olympics title clash, the Canadian, Wiebe, proved why she's rated so highly. She dominated Maria all through the bout, mixing attack with a strong defence and her upper body strength gave the opponent no chance.

Sarita, who had lost her previous bout, seemed determined to prove herself. She decimated Manisha, a last-minute replacement for Geeta in the 58kg category, 9-1 in the fifth bout of the day to clinch the tie for Mumbai.

Starting with a point after Manisha was penalised for passivity, the baby-faced Sarita took her down for two more points. Thereafter, it was a one-way street, as she twisted and rolled Manisha over to complete her triumph.

Andrey Kviatkovski scored a win for UP in the 65kg category. The Ukrainian edged Vikas Kumar despite tied 4-4 and the latter taking the last four points. He won by virtue of scoring more points off a single manoeuvre. London Olympian Amit Dahiya earned the other victory for UP, edging Rahul Aware 3-2 in the dying moments of the 57kg round.

Azerbaijan's Jabrayil Hasanov beat Georgian Tariel Gaprindashvili 3-1 in the 74kg, Pritam tied 3-3 with Amit Dhankar in the 70kg but won the bout by scoring the last point and Carolina Castillo of Columbia upset Rio bronze medallist Elitsa Yankova of Bulgaria 3-1 in the 48kg even as the latter walked off without waiting for an official decision in protest of Mumbai's other wins.