Pro Wrestling League: Haryana Hammers beat NCR Punjab Royals to win title


New Delhi: Haryana Hammers lifted the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) season 4 title as they defeated two-time defending champions NCR Punjab Royals on Thursday.

Haryana Hammers, the runners-up in the last three editions, turned the tables on the defending champions Punjab Royals by winning all the first five bouts to clinch the title. It was fourth time lucky for Haryana Hammers as they beat Punjab Royals with 6-3  in the summit clash.

Punjab Royals’ campaign ended even before their star player Bajrang Punia could take the stage.

The Asian Games gold medallist Punia scored an impressive 11-0 win over Rajneesh but it was too late in the day.

It was Khotsianivski of Ukraine who put the Hammers on road to victory by winning the 125kg super heavyweight bout against Canadian Korey Jarvis 3-0.

Similarly, Shabanov got his revenge and also broke Dato Marsagishvili’s unbeaten run to win the men’s 86kg bout 4-3 and give the Hammers a 2-0 lead.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Kiran made it 3-0 for Haryana Hammers by defeating the 2018 European Championships bronze medallist Cynthia Vescan of France in women’s 76kg category.

After that, the 2018 World U-23 Championships silver medallist Ravi put Haryana 4-0 ahead in the tie after his comprehensive 8-0 win over Nitin Rathi.

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