first_imgThe final bout of the evening was played between UPs The final bout of the evening was played between UPs Maria Mamashuk and Punjabs Vasilisa Marzaliuk in the 75 kg Womens category. Marzaliuk prevailed 3-1 over Mamashuk, a 2016 Olympics Silver medalist as Punjab registered a comfortable 5-2 victory over UP. With this loss, UP Dangal went out of contention in the race for the semi finals. NCR Punjab Royals star wrestler Odunayo, who has had two wins by the virtue of Technical Superiority, said: “The environment is very conducive. There is excitement everywhere around the world about PWL and hence I have to perform really well to make my fans happy. The turn out of fans here is amazing. I am really looking forward to my bout against Sofia Mattsson on the 16th Jan. And by Gods grace same like season 1, I will go undefeated this season as well.” Punjabs Jitendra said: “I am very happy. My coach advised me to take care of defence and I followed the same strategy. My team is really great and our captain Vladimir is always guiding us for a better performance.” UP Dangals Amit Dhankar, who exhibited some explosive action to register a win, said: “I came out on the mat with only one thought that I have to give my 100% today which I did. I was sad about my last match hence, the focus was on improving. I have previously also fought many matches with Pankaj so I knew what techniques will help me find my way today.” In the previous match against Mumbai Maharathis, UP Dangal had fielded Manisha in place of Geeta in womens 58kg as the veteran wrestler was down with high fever and had been advised by her doctor not to take part in the match. In UP Dangals inaugural match against Haryana Hammers, the Uttar Pradesh franchise had chosen to block Geetas category. Meanwhile, Geetas younger sister Babita, who got injured during UP Dangals opening bout against Haryana Hammers when she was thrashed by the Rio Olympics bronze-medallist Sofia Mattsson in just 46 seconds, had been ruled out of the competition due to an injury. In a statement issued by the UP Dangal team owners, it was said that Babita would be undergoing rehab after sustaining an injury during her first bout of the tournament. PTI AH CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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