Only four of India’s wrestlers won the medals.
On the last day of the Asian Junior Wrestling Championships, Indian wrestlers performed brilliantly with two gold and two bronze medals.
In men’s freestyle, Deepak Punia emerged champion in the 86kg category while Sachin Rathi won gold in the 74kg freestyle division.
For India, Suraj Kokate (61kg) and Mohit (125kg) won the bronze medal in their respective categories.
Sachin Rathi beat Byambasuren Bat-Erdene of Mongolia in the final. The Mongolian dominated the opening stages and enters into the break with a comfortable 5-2 lead. Byambasuren bolstered profit to 9-2 shortly after the resumption with a takedown and a couple of legs hold. Sachin said, “I knew I could win.” My coach told me that I have to fight every second. Despite the backing of so many points, I had the confidence to win. I did not give up. After losing such a large edge, it was a mental challenge and I succeeded in it. On the last day of the junior wrestling championships. However, the Indian fought back to stage a superb return in the final minute to win the gold medal.
Later, Deepak defeated Azat Gajyyev of Turkmenistan to win the 2nd gold for India.
Punia subjugated right from the start and opened up a terrible 7-0 lead going into the break. He increased his lead to 10-0 in the second round to win by technical superiority. Deepak, said, “It was easy for me because I also had the experience of taking part in senior championships.
Suraj Rajkumar Kokate of India won a bronze medal after beating Japan’s Yuto by 16-8 after a spectacular comeback after trailing four points.
Mohit, meanwhile, fought for bronze in the 125kg against Mongolia’s Bat Erdene Erdenebaatar and won it by technical superiority.
In the 92kg, Somveer Singh could not enter the medal round after losing his close third round 2-3 Japan’s Takuma Otsu.
Iran secures their position as the superpower of Asian wrestling with two gold medals on the final day. They create up a total haul of eleven medals and took the first place with 189 points. India was second with 173 points while Uzbekistan scored 128 to finish third.
This time the Asian Junior wrestling championship was memorable in many ways. Indian wrestlers showed good performance.