65th senior wrestling nationals ends at LPU

65th senior wrestling nationals ends at LPU

Wrestlers in action during a match of the 65th Senior National Wrestling Championship at LPU near Jalandhar on Monday.

Tribune News Service

Phagwara, February 22

The two-day 65th Senior National Wrestling Championships concluded at Lovely Professional University campus where wrestlers of the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) were declared as the ‘Best Team’ and awarded the overall championships trophy. With 111 points, Punjab team lifted the runners-up trophy with Gurpreet Singh (77kg) and Harpreet Singh (82kg) winning gold medals; Prabhpal Singh (87kg) silver, and Narender Cheema (97kg) bronze. With overall 190 Points, SSCB were podium toppers, Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) were second with 170 points.

Punjab’s ace-wrestlers Gurpreet Singh won gold without yielding a point and Harpreet Singh defeated his opponent in just 48 seconds. Gurpreet and Harpreet of Punjab and Sunil of Railway Sports Promotion Board have continued their dominance in national wrestling scene, and have fuelled their chances for their participation in Italy for the prestigious ‘Matteo Pellicone Rome Rankings’.

On the final day, gold medal winners in five weight categories of 63kg, 72kg, 77kg, 87kg and 97kg are Neeraj (Delhi), Kuldeep Malik (RSPB), Gurpreet Singh (Punjab), Sunil Kumar (Railway Sports Promotion Board) and Deepanshu (SSCB), respectively. On the inaugural day, Arjun of SSCB, Manish of RSPB, Gaurav of UP, Harpreet of Punjab and Naveen of SSCB had won gold in the weight categories of 55kg, 60kg, 67kg, 82kg and 130kg, respectively.

Supported by Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), Punjab Wrestling Association (PWA) and Jagjit Wrestling Academy (JWA), the tournament witnessed nearly 400 wrestlers in action in 10 weight categories amid much admiration and applause. One of the most prestigious wrestling tournaments of the country, it saw aggressive competitions with full sportsmanship spirit for national titles.

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